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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

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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Memorial Health System will not offer flu or H1N1 vaccinations this year. “We think there are so many other places to get flu shots – even at Walgreens,” said spokesman Chris Valentine. “We decided last year that resources were not being adequately used in a flu shot clinic – and that they could be better used elsewhere.”… Continue Reading Memorial won’t, but Penrose will, offer flu shots

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new manufacturing facility for seasonal influenza vaccine production. The facility, which is owned by Sanofi Pasteur, manufactures Fluzone Influenza Virus Vaccine, and could be used for the production of vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 influenza strain. “Increased manufacturing capacity for influenza vaccine is critical to our preparedness for influenza pandemic,”… Continue Reading FDA approves new influenza production facility

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