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H1N1 vaccine shelf life shorter than thought

If you haven’t already gotten your H1N1 flu shot – time might be running out. The manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, recently announced about 12 million of its flu vaccinations had a shorter shelf life than originally intended. While the lots remain potent, they are losing their potency more rapidly than expected, said the Centers for Disease… Continue Reading H1N1 vaccine shelf life shorter than thought

Health officials vaccinated more than 2,100 people at the first H1N1 vaccination clinic yesterday. The day progressed with few glitches, and the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment had leftover vaccines to give at other clinics scheduled during the next two weeks. Many pharmacies and doctors in the region have now received shipments… Continue Reading First H1N1 clinic finished, three more scheduled

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The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs found itself in an unusual position earlier this year — professors had the chance to study the H1N1 virus up close after a large-scale outbreak quarantined hundreds of cadets. Scientists from the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Epidemiology Consult Service worked with academy staff and discovered… Continue Reading H1N1 still contagious even after symptoms disappear

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H1N1 cases leveling

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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

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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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H1N1 vaccinations arrive this week

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El Paso County will begin to receive the first doses of H1N1 flu vaccination by the end of this week. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is distributing an initial 53,800 doses of the vaccination that are part of 2 million doses distributed nationally. By the end of flu season, Colorado should receive 1 million… Continue Reading H1N1 vaccinations arrive this week

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ER visits up, doctors consider incoming H1N1 tide

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Colorado Springs hospitals have seen an increase in patients with H1N1 symptoms — up as much as 30 percent each day at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.  And, while doctors at the city’s other hospital system, Memorial Health System, also say they’ve seen a significant jump in ER visits, doctors at both hospitals say they can… Continue Reading ER visits up, doctors consider incoming H1N1 tide

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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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