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Podcast: Fighting the Flu in New Jersey

Doctors and Legislators are using a mix of high-tech tools and good common sense to deal with the outbreak

This flu season has been the worst that some hospitals have seen in years, and emergency departments are filled with flu patients. Cooper University Hospital has even considered treating them in nonclinical areas like conference rooms, if the outbreak worsens.

How are state and hospital officials handling the influenza outbreak?

That's just one of the topics NJ Spotlight healthcare writer Andrew Kitchenman discussed with WHYY’s Alan Tu in this podcast.

Also on the agenda, steps residents can take to help stop the spread of flu, such as getting flu shots and practicing good hygiene.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton has been using MedMined data mining to follow the severity of the outbreak across the state.

The good news?

According to a MedMined representative, the flu season has already peaked in the region where it started -- the southern United States -- and it’s possible that it will peak this week in New Jersey and start to drop by next week.

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