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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.

Pigs at fairs linked to swine flu outbreak

ATLANTA (AP) — Don’t pet the pigs. That’s the message state and county fair visitors nationwide got Thursday from health officials who reported a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people. Most of the cases are linked to the fairs, where visitors are in close contact with infected pigs.

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.

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 the past week.

Another swine-flu death reported in Spokane

Swine flu has been linked to the death Monday of a Spokane man in his 70s, health officials reported. The man died at a local hospital and had underlying medical conditions. His is the seventh confirmed swine-flu death of a Spokane County resident.

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 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.”

H1N1 has infected 500,000, state says

Swine flu has likely sickened more than 500,000 people in Washington, the state’s Health Department estimates. The surprising new number is based on the statistical modeling that federal officials used to determine 22 million Americans have had the swine flu since April. Nearly 4,000 people in the U.S., including 540 children, have died from the viral infection. The national figures roughly quadrupled the previous death estimates, but they don’t necessarily mean that swine flu has worsened. Most cases still don’t require a doctor’s care. Instead, the numbers are a long-awaited better attempt to quantify the new flu’s toll.