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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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Idaho reports 800 swine flu cases since Sept. 1

    BOISE — State health officials say nearly 800 people have tested positive for the swine flu in the past three months, and about 30 of those cases were reported in …


  • Sanitizer sales spike spurred by flu worries

    LOS ANGELES – Silvia Cordero eyed the row of disinfecting gels, soaps and hand sanitizers at a Rite-Aid in Culver City with the intensity of a drill sergeant preparing troops …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Sebelius: Ample flu vaccine will be available

    WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today the swine flu vaccine “is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line.” But …


  • Flu declared U.S. emergency

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and …


  • 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. …


  • Doug Clark: At inoculation trough, babies hog the good stuff

    I had a depressing experience while getting my flu shot the other day. I asked the nice young woman who had just drilled my left shoulder when I could come …


  • North Idaho students eligible for vaccine at school

    Students in North Idaho’s public and private schools will bring home permission slips this week to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine at school.


  • 2,000-plus sick at WSU

    More than 2,000 Washington State University students have been sickened by swine flu during the first two weeks of classes, school health officials said. The outbreak of H1N1 influenza prompted …


  • Swine flu death brings warnings for fall

    Spokane County reported its first death from the so-called swine flu Monday, as public health officials prepare for the possibility of widespread infections this fall.


  • Idaho prison reports outbreak of swine flu

    BOISE – A swine flu outbreak at Idaho’s privately operated prison south of Boise has sickened at least 13 inmates and all visitors or volunteers have been shut out for …


  • Students may line up at school for swine flu shots

    WASHINGTON — Schoolchildren may be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall — and might even be able to get the shot right at school.


  • Flu vaccine arrives ahead of schedule

    BASEL, Switzerland – Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said today it has successfully produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of expectations. The vaccine was made in …


  • WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years

    GENEVA — The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring a swine flu pandemic — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.


  • WHO says it may declare swine flu pandemic soon

    GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Tuesday a spike in swine flu cases in Australia may push it to finally announce the first flu pandemic in 41 years. It …

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