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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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Now everyone under 65 can get H1N1 vaccine

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Idaho ‘nowhere near’ on H1N1 vaccine goals

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Flu impacts Idaho schools

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Coming swine flu regulations…

Good morning, Netizens... Now that President Obama has declared Swine Flu an emergency priority, here are some things our government might do to prepare us for the coming Apocalypse. Ban all pig feed lots, mud bogs and other places where pigs do those gross and...

Back from the depths of the flu…

Well, that was pretty awful. I don't know if the H1N1 is really worse than seasonal flu, because I've gotten a flu shot every year for at least the past 10 and haven't had the seasonal flu. But I sure don't remember anything quite this...

Idaho orders first H1N1 vaccines

Today was the first day the National Centers for Disease Control accepted orders for H1N1 flu vaccine, and Idaho got its order in - for 9,000 doses. They're expected to start arriving early next week, going directly to hospitals, community health centers and public health...

BSU has its first swine flu case confirmed

Boise State University has confirmed its first swine flu case, in a student living in the dorms. They've got a long way to go, of course, to catch up to WSU at Pullman, which has the biggest campus outbreak in the nation with 2,500 cases/More...

BSU confirms first swine flu case

Boise State University has confirmed its first case of H1N1 flu, or swine flu, and the patient is a student who lives in the residence halls. "Most cases to date have been mild and people have recovered quickly," the university reports; BSU also is in...

No one’s definition of fun: Swine flu outbreak at Idaho prison

Did you know that the influenza virus can survive on surfaces for two to eight hours, spreading the disease? That's what the CDC says, and the warden of Idaho's privately operated prison, Phillip Valdez of the Idaho Correctional Center, says he has no "no idea...

The reality of Swine Flu Virus…

Good evening, Netizens... David Horsey's cartoon pretty much has Swine Flu Virus pegged. Unless one has actually caught Swine Flu, you never really have respect for it. It's just like the flu, you feel like a Mac truck just rolled over you on the concrete...

Briefs: Swine Flu Dogs NI Visitors

A group visiting Bonner and Boundary counties from out of state includes one person with a confirmed case of H1N1 influenza and seven people with possible H1N1 flu. The group of more than 100 people has been active in communities in both counties since early...

2 More Cases Of NIdaho Swine Flu

The Idaho State Laboratory confirmed the fourth and fifth cases of Novel H1N1 (swine) influenza in the five northern counties this week, reinforcing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s message that the virus continues to spread. The latest cases are in women in their...

Easy for them to say

When swine flu was all the rage last week, hardly an hour went by without some well-meaning organization sending "tips" to avoid the flu and how to handle it if you got it.Most of them were pretty standard stuff your mom always told you, like...

CDC Confirms Local Swine Flu Case

Item: CDC confirms one swine flu case in Idaho: 10 more probable cases reported in Washington/SR, APMore Info: According to the Panhandle Health District, the woman became ill after a recent trip to Texas. She has been recovering at home. The woman, who represents the...

Swine flu hysteria…

Good afternoon, Netizens... This time of year, Cancun, Mexico is typically bustling with touristas. Compare that mental image to this picture shot yesterday. Is this hysteria we see unfolding before the National News Media? What about the people in Mexico who have died of Swine...

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About the Swine Flu

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Probably Swine Flu Case In K-County

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Joe Biden’s ill-advised comment

VP Biden handed out some alarmist advice this morning on the "Today Show" regarding swine flu. Now he's back-pedaling. And to think some people wanted to flip that ticket. Sure glad the cool customer is the president. Did he get it right the first time?...

Thursday video: Veep flu advice

Vice President Joe Biden offers suggestions on avoiding the swine flu on Thursday's "Today Show."

Spokane Man Likely Has Swine Flu

Item: Swine flu has likely arrived: In Washington: Spokane resident, back from California, among six probable cases/John Stucke, Jonathan Brunt, and Sara Leaming, SRMore Info: A Spokane man in his 40s is among six Washington state residents who probably have swine flu, health officials said...

Swine flu continues to evolve…

Good morning, Netizens... Today's picture is grim. Nuns wear face masks during a closed door mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City on Sunday. Churches stood empty Sunday in predominantly Roman Catholic Mexico City after services were canceled, and health workers screened airports and...

Fun video: Deja flu?

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    Roy Almeida, a doctor of public health at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, explains new visitation policies that take effect Oct. 1, 2009, in response to the H1N1 virus.

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