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For the first time in the state’s history, an overnight operation moved 167,000 courses of antiviral medications to fight the H1N1, or swine, flu to 13 different sites throughout the state, including El Paso County, even though there have been no confirmed cases in the county. Shipments were made to Alamosa, Araphahoe, Boulder, Denver, Eagle,… Continue Reading State, El Paso County haul in H1N1 medication

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Colorado Springs hospitals are working together to prevent the spread of H1N1 swine flu.

Both Penrose-St Francis Health Services and Memorial Health System have agreed on visitor protocols to prevent the flu. People with weak immune systems, women who are pregnant, children younger than 12 or anyone with a fever, cough or sore throat should not visit patients at either hospital.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging schools and daycare centers to take precautions to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.

Two people in Colorado – both in the Denver area – have been confirmed to have the flu. More than 300 schools and daycares nationwide have been closed because of the flu.

Employees of daycares and schools should watch for signs and symptoms of flu: a fever higher than 100 degrees, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and body aches, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.

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Flu scare hasn’t hit Colorado Springs

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While health officials worldwide are mobilizing to respond to the spread of swine flu, people in Colorado Springs seem to be taking the news in stride. The city’s two hospitals are not seeing increased emergency room visits, with people asking for swine flu tests. And the public health system seems to be holding up under… Continue Reading Flu scare hasn’t hit Colorado Springs

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Aside from making people sick, the Swine Flu scare could lessen business productivity, drain the local health department’s emergency fund and cut the legs out from under an already crippled U.S. economy. Even though the flu scare is in its infancy with 40 people sickened, according to the Centers for Disease Control, it hasn’t stopped… Continue Reading Swine Flu a scary prospect for the economy

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