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Swine flu arrives early in Inland Northwest

The flu arrived early this year and has sickened people across the Inland Northwest as the nasty strain sometimes called swine flu spreads. About 70 people – most with chronic illness or respiratory issues such as asthma – have been hospitalized in Spokane.

No longer a pandemic, H1N1 flu still hanging on

With frantic efforts to gird for the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic still etched on the public mind, health officials have been gearing up earlier than usual to do battle with the 2010 flu season. This year there is no H1N1 pandemic. It was officially declared over by the World Health Organization last month.

H1N1 recall includes Spokane

A swine flu vaccine for young children recalled Tuesday included about 200 doses that were shipped to two Spokane health care providers. There are no safety issues with the vaccines, State Health Secretary Mary Selecky said. Rather, the vaccines were less potent than they should have been.

Pharmacies, clinics offering H1N1 vaccines in North Idaho

Free H1N1 vaccinations are available to people older than 6 months in Idaho’s five northern counties through several pharmacies and drop-in clinics offered by Panhandle Health District. Safeway pharmacies in Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene are offering the vaccine, along with the Fred Meyer on Kathleen Avenue and U.S. Highway 95 in Coeur d’Alene. The Walgreens on Appleway Avenue and U.S. 95 in Coeur d’Alene and the Albertsons on Prairie Avenue and U.S. 95 in Hayden also are offering it.

There’s plenty of swine flu vaccine now

Swine flu vaccines will be available to everyone beginning Monday. After weeks of carefully doling out vaccine to people at most risk of serious illness, the Spokane Regional Health District announced Thursday that ample supplies of the vaccines have arrived in Spokane County.

Plenty of swine flu vaccine in Inland NW now

Swine flu vaccines will be available to everyone beginning Monday. After weeks of carefully doling out vaccine to people at most risk of serious illness, the Spokane Regional Health District announced Thursday that ample supplies of the vaccines have arrived in Spokane County. It’s the same across North Idaho, the Panhandle Health District announced.

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