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State flu vaccinations top national stats

Colorado has a better vaccination rate for both seasonal influenza and H1NI flu than the national rates. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said that 60.3 percent of children and teens in the state received seasonal flu vaccination, which was twice as high as the national rate. Only 32.1 percent of that same… Continue Reading State flu vaccinations top national stats

Health Department: Thanks for help with H1N1

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With the help of many in the community, the Health Department has made progress toward providing H1N1 flu vaccination to residents of El Paso County. So many individuals and organizations have pitched in time, equipment, resources, facilities and support for this vital effort! On behalf of the El Paso County Board of Health and the… Continue Reading Health Department: Thanks for help with H1N1

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With fewer H1N1 cases in El Paso County, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services no longer restricts children under 18 from visiting patients in the hospital. The hospital instituted restrictions on visitation during the height of the flu pandemic, in an effort to keep already sick patients from contracting swine flu. However, health officials still encourage people… Continue Reading Penrose lifts visitor restrictions due to H1N1 flu

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Penrose makes further visitation restrictions

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In the face of increasing swine flu infections, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is tightening its visitor policy for the second time. Starting tomorrow, Oct. 16, no children younger than 17 will be allowed to visit patients at any Penrose-St. Francis facility. The restrictions include siblings. In addition, no ill visitors are allowed. Adult visitors will be limited… Continue Reading Penrose makes further visitation restrictions

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Just as the economy is beginning to grow, ineffective sick leave policies and lack of emergency planning for the H1N1 virus could derail it. The warning comes from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. If the pandemic continues to spread, companies could be left significantly understaffed, particularly after a year of massive layoffs in nearly every industry,… Continue Reading Could H1N1 derail fledgling economy?

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A death from swine flu reported by the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment is the first such death in the state. The victim was a woman in her 40s. No other details were given. Swine flu was declared a pandemic in June by the World Health Organization. Since the first outbreaks of the… Continue Reading El Paso County swine flu death is first in state

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