NPR – Flu sickens thousands across the country

Fears that this winter would bring a nasty flu season appear to be coming true. Health officials say this year’s season started early and it’s hitting hard.

CNN – Michigan hit hard by deadly hepatitis A outbreak

An outbreak of hepatitis A has spread from Southern California to states across the country, killing dozens of people and potentially sickening thousands. Michigan has been hardest-hit in terms of deaths, with 22.

The New York Times – What if CHIP funds run out? Here’s what 6 families would do

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, covers nearly nine million children whose parents earn too much for Medicaid, but not enough to afford other coverage. But the program, which ran out of funding in September, is at a crisis point.

STAT – Who will answer the call in the next outbreak? Drug makers feel burned by string of vaccine pleas

Every few years an alarming disease launches a furious, out-of-the-blue attack on people, triggering a high-level emergency response. SARS. The H1N1 flu pandemic. West Nile and Zika. The nightmarish West African Ebola epidemic.

The Morning Call – Even with state disaster declarations, combating opioid epidemic is uphill battle

States should put more money into the fight if they really believe the crisis requires the emergency declaration, said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.