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The spreading coronavirus is shaping up as a pandemic of potentially historic proportions, possibly on the scale ofthe global outbreak of influenza in 1957 but unlikely to be as catastrophic as the Spanish Flu of 1918, according to projections by infectious disease experts who are still struggling to understand this novel pathogen.
Labs around the country are hunting for a super-shot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination in favor of one every five years or 10 years, or maybe, eventually, a childhood immunization that could last for life.
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.
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.
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.
ATLANTA – About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the U.S. public has expired – meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million are being written off as trash. “It’s a lot, by historical standards,” said Jerry Weir, who oversees vaccine research and review for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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.
A swine flu vaccine for young children recalled Tuesday included about 200 doses that were shipped to two Spokane health care providers.
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.
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.
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 the past week.
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 for a skirmish with the H1N1 flu virus. “They’re going in my car, in my desk at work, and in my sons’ backpacks,” said Cordero, 28. “I don’t really like the way any of them feel on my skin, but they might help keep us healthy.”
Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, say startling federal estimates released Thursday.
Authorities are trying to determine who swiped two vials of the H1N1 vaccine from a hospice facility, taking about 20 doses of the swine flu vaccine.
Obesity appears to be a risk factor on a par with pregnancy for developing complications from an infection with pandemic H1N1 influenza, according to the most comprehensive look yet at swine flu hospitalizations. About a quarter of those hospitalizations complications have been in people who were morbidly obese, even though such people make up less than 5 percent of the population. That fivefold increase in risk is nearly the same as the sixfold increase observed in pregnant women, according to the report published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
All appointments have been filled for a free swine flu vaccination clinic Saturday at the Spokane Valley YMCA, the Spokane Regional Health District announced Tuesday. Several hundred appointments are still available for the Nov. 14 free clinic at the North Spokane YMCA. The clinic is only giving the nasal mist form of the vaccine – which means the only people eligible include healthy people ages 2 to 24 who are not pregnant and healthy adults up to age 49 who are health care workers or care for an infant younger than 6 months.
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 County resident connected to the aggressive virus also known as H1N1 influenza.
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.