Local health officials offer cold and flu season advice

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Benna Sayyed Winter is right around the corner, temperatures are dropping, and the flu season is here. Essie Means, director of Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center, is at ground zero for the battle against the highly contagious respiratory infection. She said her facility sees more children age 3 and under catch a cold during flu […]

Area schools administer flu vaccine

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By Liliana Castillo and Alisa Boswell Nursing staff at the Portales and Clovis schools took half the time and gave much less pain administering flu vaccines to students this year. Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses. Both districts received only doses of the flu mist this year, which is […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Flu shots, senioritis and pie

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.

Swine flu clinic set for Saturday at ENMU

PNT staff report A swine flu vaccine clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. The free shots will be provided in the Aztec Room of the Campus Union Building. The clinic is open to the public, with the following eligibility criteria: • Children, ages 6 months to […]

Flu clinic’s hours varying

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic is asking people to call ahead because the hours have changed for the flu clinic due to a decrease of patients and fewer available staff members because some have flu-like symptoms, according to information from the hospital. The number of patients with flu-like symptoms has decreased […]

City defends flu policy

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer No one’s been asked to leave yet, and those in charge hope the sign will be deterrent enough, but the Portales Public Library has posted a warning for nearly a week to those with indications of having the flu. The message on the sign at the front door is […]

Health care provider preparing for flu surge

The New Mexico Department of Health is warning local health care providers to look for a surge in flu cases in upcoming weeks, including the H1N1 strain. Director of Marketing for Roosevelt General Hospital Gay Weese said the surge is normal for flu season. “Flu season works in waves,” she said. “We’ve seen a decrease […]

Flu information spread at presentation

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Students at Eastern New Mexico University didn’t get the seasonal flu vaccine shots they were expecting Wednesday, but they did get some insight into H1N1 virus. Student Health Services planned to administer seasonal flu shots to students after an H1N1 presentation. But because of a short supply, a spokesperson […]

Doctor: Tamiflu not for all flu cases

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Anti-viral medication like Tamiflu may limit flu symptoms, but it’s not for every situation. Dr. Bert Wofford of Roosevelt General Hospital said he prescribes Tamiflu for patients who test positive for the flu, or who have flu-like symptoms along with a high risk for complications or exposure to someone […]

RGH sets up flu screening unit

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer High numbers of patients with flu-like symptoms and concern about the H1N1 virus have prompted Roosevelt General Hospital to set up a special triage unit in the parking lot. A spokesperson for the Portales hospital said the unit that started functioning Thursday is an attempt to separate possible flu […]

RGH offers flu clinic

Freedom New Mexico To address the large number of flu-like illnesses that are being seen this year, a flu clinic is running 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, on the east side of Roosevelt General Hospital Physicians Clinic, 42121 U.S. 70, beginning today. This is a clinic for patients with flu symptoms only. […]

Student poster contest focuses on hygiene

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With the flu season closing in, a number of Portales sixth-graders are learning about the importance of hand washing as they convey the information via art. Carol Ainsworth’s four art classes at Lindsey Middle School are designing posters about hand washing for a Roosevelt General Hospital contest the public […]

ENMU official: Ill students had flu in same category as H1N1

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The presumed H1N1 cases at Eastern New Mexico University have not been confirmed as such, though information was distributed announcing confirmed cases. ENMU Vice President of Student Affairs Judith Haislett said two students tested positive for influenza A, a type of flu virus that includes H1N1, also known as […]

Swine flu confirmed at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Two cases of H1N1 flu have been confirmed at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU President Steven Gamble said the confirmation came Friday, and parents of the students — both of whom were from out of town — took them home. “If they can go home and recover there, we […]

Colleges make flu season preparations

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Local campuses are taking the threat of H1N1 flu (swine flu) seriously. Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are already preparing students to try and minimize any outbreaks. “Primarily for us it is going to be educational, telling people how to avoid contagion, getting the symptoms out […]

Pork doesn’t deserve our prejudice

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When the Asian flu hit the country in 2003, were people warned to stay away from Chinese restaurants and Japanese cars? When the West Nile virus was diagnosed in humans did the Health Department tell us to avoid going to Egypt? Does riding Tennessee walkers give you a charley horse? […]

Hospital board briefed on swine flu preparations

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board heard about receiving medicine to treat the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu and Influenza A, during their regular meeting on Wednesday. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said state health officials told him they’re sending a supply of medicine to treat people who […]

Swine flu confirmed in Curry County

The New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday it has confirmed a case of H1N1 virus in a 4-year-old Curry County girl. Todd Sandman, public relations director for Plains Regional Medical Center’s parent company, said the child was seen on May 4 at the Clovis hospital’s walk-in clinic. The clinic staff treated the symptoms and […]

Rumors spread quicker than flu

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist When the announcement came that the New Mexico Activities Association was suspending athletic events due to swine flu outbreak concerns, I have to admit I was on the fence. From my platform as a media representative, I saw a positive in that it makes immediate coverage a little bit easier. […]

Two more swine flu cases confirmed in N.M.

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico health officials confirmed two more cases of swine flu on Monday, bringing the total to three, as more than a dozen schools in a handful of communities closed this week due to concerns over the illness. Sixteen schools — Carlsbad High School, Deming Intermediate School, all public schools […]