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Penrose lifts visitor restrictions due to H1N1 flu

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

Colorado flu symptoms subsiding?

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DENVER (AP) — The flu remains at a low ebb in Colorado, with only 14 new hospitalizations and no deaths reported last week. State health reports released Wednesday show that so far this season, about 2,000 people have been hospitalized for flu and 59 people have died. Monitoring started on Aug. 30. The Colorado Department… Continue Reading Colorado flu symptoms subsiding?

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800,000 swine flu vaccinations recalled

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Health officials across the nation are scrambling to recall 800,000 doses of swine flu vaccination. El Paso County received 200 doses of the recalled vaccination, and health officials emphasize the recall is not because of safety violations. Providers in the community who might have received those doses will be notified by the health department and asked… Continue Reading 800,000 swine flu vaccinations recalled

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Despite earlier shortages, the county now has enough swine flu virus to inoculate anyone older than 6 months at their next clinic. The El Paso County Department of Public Health and Environment is offering a H1N1 flu vaccination clinic Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the northeast lower level of The… Continue Reading Swine flu shots available to anyone at Saturday clinic

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Swine flu could overwhelm hospitals

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Swine flu could overwhelm hospitals, health care providers Health experts are predicting a long, possibly deadly, flu season. H1N1 flu targets the young and reasonably healthy, while regular flu is dangerous for the very young and very old. Both viruses could cause overflow in emergency rooms and intensive care units. Colorado Springs hospitals are preparing… Continue Reading Swine flu could overwhelm hospitals

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This year’s flu season is going to be a bit more complicated — thanks to the presence of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. Hoping to avoid last spring’s chaos with schools and businesses closing whenever there was an outbreak, public health officials are encouraging businesses, colleges and schools to prepare for the… Continue Reading Businesses urged to prepare for outbreak of swine flu

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Deathly flu season predicted

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Swine flu could infect half the U.S. population this year, hospitalize 1.8 million people and kill 90,000. That’s the word from a Bloomberg report, and groups are urging President Barack Obama to speed vaccine production and name a senior member of the White House staff to take responsibility for making decisions during the pandemic. The… Continue Reading Deathly flu season predicted

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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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Health department gets swine flu help

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Most people in Colorado will be able to get vaccinations for the H1N1 swine flu later this year. The federal government gave $5 million to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to strengthen its infrastructure ahead of the expected delivery of the vaccine. Part of the federal money will go directly to state… Continue Reading Health department gets swine flu help

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Swine flu hits El Paso County

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Two people in El Paso County have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of swine flu, according to the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment. The first two known cases in the county, a woman and an unrelated infant are recovering from the virus. “This situation continues to evolve, and we knew it was… Continue Reading Swine flu hits El Paso County

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