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Quarter of H1N1 vaccines outdated

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 …


Swine flu vaccine swiped in Olympia

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 increases H1N1 flu risks

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 …


Saturday’s H1N1 clinic filled; others offered, though

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 …


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 …


Flu affects Idaho school attendance

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 in …


Regional health officer discusses battle against swine flu

The first mass vaccination clinic against the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, may be over, but the community is still wrestling with illness and trying to ensure that the people …


Obama declares swine flu a national emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal requirements and speed treatment for thousands of infected …


CDC reports signs of flu in 1 in 5 kids

ATLANTA – About 1 in 5 U.S. children had a flu-like illness earlier this month – and most of those cases likely were swine flu, according to a new government …


Swine flu-fighting scams lurk on Internet, FDA warns

Air “sterilizers.” A photon machine. Supplement pills to boost the immune system. Protective shampoos and face masks. Even fake Tamiflu. These and other products making bogus claims to prevent or …


Swine flu spreads; patients stretch resources at hospitals

Spokane is in the grip of a swine flu outbreak that has sickened thousands of people, swamped hospital emergency rooms and filled hospital beds with children and young adults. On …


Editorial: Untruths about H1N1 vaccinations run rampant

The myths about the H1N1 vaccine may be spreading more rapidly than the virus itself. Along with the annual suspicions about inoculations come new fears that are also unjustified. Public …


More local swine flu deaths reported

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. …


Callers inundate health district’s phone lines

Thousands of people swamped the phone lines at the Spokane Regional Health District on Monday to schedule appointments for vaccinations against the H1N1 virus. The health district expected to fill …


Swine flu vaccine arrives in Spokane

The first batch of swine flu vaccines have arrived in Spokane, though inoculation appointments to ward off the aggressive virus won’t begin until next week. People can call the Spokane …


Schools districts vary on H1N1 vaccine

Students in North Idaho’s public and private schools will bring home permission slips this week to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine at school. Panhandle Health District is working with schools …


KMC changes visitors policy to stave off flu

Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene announced Monday immediate changes to its visitor policy as part of a wider effort to stem the spread of influenza.


Districts keep flu sufferers connected with schoolwork

Inland Northwest students who think coming down with the swine flu means a break from homework – think again.


Hospitals set visitor rules

Two of the Inland Northwest’s top hospitals are restricting visiting in high-risk treatment areas starting today to stem the potential spread of swine flu. At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, …


Hospitals open drive-up clinics for swine flu

Fast-food places have them. Banks and pharmacies do, too. Now hospitals are opening drive-throughs and drive-up tent clinics to screen and treat a swelling tide of swine flu patients. Call …


Yearly flu vaccinations will pay off

It’s that time of year again: shorter days, kids in school, cooler nights, thinking about the holidays. Well, actually, it is time for flu vaccines. If you have not done …


Idaho reports first swine flu-related death

BOISE — State health officials are confirming the first death related to the swine flu in Idaho this year.


US says first swine flu vaccine to arrive Oct. 5

The first swine flu vaccine should be in some doctors’ offices as early as Oct. 5, U.S. health officials said Friday.


H1N1 vaccines ready in October

WASHINGTON – The first doses of vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus will be available the first week of October, federal officials said Thursday, with millions more shipped every week …


Schools suspect swine flu in early attendence drop

Swine flu is likely to blame for higher-than-normal absences at Inland Northwest public schools, officials say.


Flu message seeks catchy video

The YouTube video starts with a tightly cropped shot of a white lab coat embroidered with the name “John D. Clarke, M.D.” The camera zooms out and Clarke, wearing aviator …


Editorial: State should encourage vaccination awareness

With concern being raised across Washington about the availability of vaccine against the H1N1 virus, it’s hard to understand the stubborn lack of enthusiasm in this state for other vaccines …


Swine flu vaccine makers get approval from FDA

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a vaccine for the pandemic H1N1 influenza from four manufacturers, clearing the way for the vaccine to be administered as soon as …


Number of swine flu cases drops sharply at WSU

PULLMAN — The number of students calling to report flu-like symptoms at Washington State University has dropped sharply, indicating the nation’s biggest outbreak of swine flu on a college campus …


WSU’s No. 1 for swine flu

Washington has the highest incidence of swine flu among college students – nearly triple the rate of Georgia, the next highest state, an American College Health Association report said Thursday. …