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H1N1 cases leveling

Reports of H1N1 are leveling off in El Paso County, but influenza cases continue to climb. El Paso County Department of Health and Environment officials said swine flu hospitalizations, outpatient flu-related clinic visits and absences from school have dipped during the past week. “Keep in mind these indicators still show a significantly higher level of… Continue Reading H1N1 cases leveling

State public health officials are encouraging people who are sick to visit AMAfluhelp.org, a flu health assessment Web site that is intended to help alleviate the heavy wait times in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. The Web tool – accessible through www.colorado.gov/nofluforyou – will help patients determine the severity of their flu symptoms and allow them… Continue Reading Web tool helps patients determine severity of flu symptoms

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Where can you get a flu shot? Call 211

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Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 is partnering with the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment to provide information and referrals about seasonal flu shots and the H1N1 vaccine. Residents can call 211 for a list of local agencies that still have vaccines available. “It’s best for people to call us first to check for… Continue Reading Where can you get a flu shot? Call 211

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On Oct. 7, the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment will temporarily close its two clinics that provide immunizations for school children, youth sports athletes and those planning to travel overseas. The staff members are needed to help administer swine flu vaccinations. Re-opening dates have not been determined, but in the meantime, those needing… Continue Reading Shot clinics for athletes, overseas travelers close temporarily

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Colorado flu hospitalizations grow

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The state has seen increasing numbers of hospitalizations because of influenza-like illnesses – particularly along the Front Range and in Denver. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting 171 flu-related hospitalizations from Sept. 5 to Sept. 19. So far, nearly all the current influenza viruses tracked by the department are H1N1, but… Continue Reading Colorado flu hospitalizations grow

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance this week for businesses wishing to minimize adverse affects of the upcoming flu season – sick employees should stay home. Officials said they want to encourage flexible human resource sick-time policies. “If employees are sick, they need to be encouraged to stay home. If people begin to… Continue Reading Centers for Disease Control: If sick, stay home

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