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  • Last season aside, vaccine remains useful, CDC says

    Spokane County saw a steep increase in flu hospitalizations last season – largely because of the high number of infected seniors, said Dorothy MacEachern, an epidemiologist with the Spokane Regional …


  • The crud is out there, and it’s up to you to avoid it

    It was not intended as a public health guideline. But a classic “Seinfeld” line from years ago could serve as a succinct assessment of the risks we all run during …


  • Small businesses struggle during flu outbreak

    The flu epidemic is giving small businesses across the country their own case of the flu. Productivity is suffering, meetings and conference calls are being canceled as employees call in …


  • First flu-related death of season in Spokane

    A Spokane County woman in her 80s died this week from the flu, marking Eastern Washington’s first flu-related death this season.


  • Some in health care refusing flu vaccine

    Hospitals, clinics and nursing homes increasingly are requiring their employees to get a flu shot, but some health care workers are refusing, putting their jobs on the line. A Newman …


  • Flu on rise in area after East hit hard

    As influenza sweeps the nation, local health officials are bracing for the season’s peak to hit the Inland Northwest. While most of the nation is seeing elevated flu activity, the …


  • School reports many students miss first day back after vacation

    Anyone who works in an office or has a child in day care or school can tell you that something nasty is going around. Spokane Valley’s Progress Elementary saw a …


  • Early shots best for flu

    As the number of whooping cough cases in Spokane County drops, health officials continue pressing the case for immunizations, including this year’s flu vaccine. Mark Springer, an epidemiologist with the …


  • First Spokane-area flu case confirmed

    A man in his 40s was confirmed to be the first Spokane-area case of the flu, a news release from the Spokane Regional Health District said.


  • Dr. K: Risks from getting flu outweigh any risk from vaccine

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I am two months pregnant. I can’t decide what to do about getting the flu shot. What are your thoughts?


  • Spokane hospitals require flu-fighting steps by staff

    Most hospitals in Washington state – including all six in Spokane – are requiring staff to get immunized against the flu or take other hospital-approved measures to protect patients against …


  • 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 …


  • First local flu case confirmed

    The region’s first confirmed case of seasonal flu has appeared, with a Stevens County resident diagnosed at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.


  • Clark: Coupon, sharp wit take sting out of flu shot

    I don’t remember when it happened. But getting a flu shot has become a painful rite of autumn. You know, like watching Wazzu choke at football.


  • How good is the flu vaccine?

    People are desperate for protection against pandemic H1N1 influenza. That’s understandable given the media reports of deaths among otherwise healthy children and young adults. TV news cameras have focused on …


  • CDC: Swine flu has sickened 22 million in 6 months

    Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, say startling federal estimates released Thursday.


  • H1N1 flu death is county’s sixth

    A woman in her 20s died of swine flu Tuesday at a local hospital, the Spokane Regional Health District said Wednesday. She is the sixth Spokane County resident to die …


  • Spokane woman’s death believed due to swine flu

    Swine flu is suspected of killing an otherwise healthy Spokane woman in her 50s. Her death, announced Monday by the Spokane Regional Health District, is the fourth of a Spokane …


  • Regular flu is here now, too

    The first confirmed cases of seasonal influenza have been reported in Spokane, affecting two people.


  • H1N1 clinics put on hold

    Health officials are postponing H1N1 vaccinations across the Inland Northwest, as shipments of the vaccine fall further and further behind. On Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Health District postponed three clinics …


  • Panel criticizes feds’ readiness

    The federal government’s preparedness for the H1N1, or swine flu, pandemic that has claimed more than 1,000 lives nationwide was inadequate and incomplete, a congressional subcommittee said Tuesday.


  • Idaho schools plan waiver requests

    BOISE – Idaho education officials are bracing for a raft of waiver requests from school districts that have seen student attendance suffer from the flu and don’t want the drop …


  • Four adults die of apparent swine flu

    Three more Spokane County residents have died from swine flu, and a death in North Idaho also is being investigated as a possible H1N1 case, public health officials announced Thursday. …


  • Moscow woman dies of complications from swine flu

    A Latah County woman has died of complications from swine flu.


  • Government approves new swine flu vaccine

    The Food and Drug Administration approved the new swine flu vaccine Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to get vaccinations under way next month.


  • Health district offers vaccinations against flu

    Seasonal flu shots are now available through the Spokane health district. Officials are recommending the shots prior to flu season, which could come as early as October.


  • State health officials prepare for more flu

    This spring’s swine flu outbreak hasn’t really gone away in Washington state, despite the summer weather. People are still sick and recovering in Washington hospitals, with new cases are reported …


  • In brief: Season surpasses record snow mark

    It’s official. It’s been the snowiest season on record. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service in Spokane recorded a seasonal snow total of 93.6 inches at Spokane …


  • Teams fight influenza

    A stubborn flu bug had pestered the UCLA basketball team for weeks, hitting one player, then another. So, when the Bruins gathered for dinner recently, their athletic trainer made an …


  • Scientists: Flu strain resistant to drug

    CHICAGO – As flu season hits high gear, doctors and public health professionals say treating cases is more complicated than ever because this year’s most common strain has developed resistance …


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