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 […]

Military officials monitor swine flu

By Lt. Col. (Dr.) Kim Bradley: 27th Special Operations Medical Group The Center for Disease Control released an alert regarding human cases of swine flu in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Cases have also been reported in Kansas and New York. Typically a disease of pigs, people do not normally get swine flu; […]

Clovis flu task force activated

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico While health officials around the world evaluate the growing number of swine flu cases, officials in Clovis are planning for the possibility of an outbreak. As of Thursday, state health officials had yet to confirm what they termed to probable swine flu cases — one each in Valencia and […]

Press release: New Mexico has two more ‘probable’ swine flu cases

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health reported today that it is sending two more probable cases of swine flu to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing. The new samples are from a 14-year-old female and 15-year-old male both from Socorro County. The Department of Health previously reported […]

Swine flu concern postpones Texas athletic tournaments

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico West Texas athletes may not have swine flu, but mounting concern about the illness may keep them from competing in state finals. The University Interscholastic League, the governing body of Texas high school athletics, announced Wednesday that all athletic events are postponed until May 11. The order is an […]

Health officials: Take basic precautions to avoid swine flu

By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local health officials are keeping an eye out for swine flu, but aren’t advising any precautions other than basic health tips. After a recent outbreak in Mexico, swine flu has also been confirmed in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Spain, but not in New Mexico. […]

First influenza cases confirmed

Freedom New Mexico The flu has arrived in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the first six cases influenza of the flu season, one of which was a Curry County toddler, according to a press release. “It’s not to late to get a flu shot. Just because flu season is here, […]

Dec. 17 Events Calendar

Wednesday Flu shots — 10 a.m. to noon. Valley Furniture, 101 S. Main St. Roosevelt County Health Clinic offers free flu shots for adults and children. The events calendar is a daily listing that contains meeting and event information for the next week. To submit an item call 356-4481, ext. 33 or e-mail: argen_duncan@link.freedom.com

TRICARE officials encourage flu shot

Air Force News Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE officials urge uniformed service families to be prepared for this year’s flu season, and an important step to do so is receive a flu vaccine shot. In the United States more than 220,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die every year as a result of the […]

Officials hoping flu outbreak has passed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Gripped by a flu outbreak with assessment tests scheduled this week, local school officials are crossing their fingers and hoping the worst of the outbreak has passed. “It’s been pretty bad, we’ve had a lot of students and faculty out with it,” said Randy Fowler, Portales Schools superintendent. “I’ve […]

Officials: Area not yet hit by flu

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer So far this fall, area doctors and medical officials are seeing patients for a variety of illnesses but they say the flu itself hasn’t hit eastern New Mexico. “The flu season has not yet hit New Mexico,” said Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the New Mexico Department […]

High-risk groups urged to get flu shots

Freedom New Mexico The first flu shots have arrived in Clovis and Portales and the State Department of Health is urging people in high-risk groups to get a shot soon. But, area health care officials are saying that supplies are limited. “We’ve only received 300,” Portales Health Office representative Carol Morgan said, “and I usually […]

Flu-like symptoms on rise

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The number of patients being treated for flu-like symptoms has almost doubled in recent weeks, according to area health officials. In response, the New Mexico Department of Health has organized several flu shot clinics, according to a press release. “We’ve seen a big increase … (with patients ranging) from 6 […]

Officials: Emergency pandemic plans in place

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Local health officials have finalized emergency plans for dealing with a potentially devastating flu pandemic in the future and are now working to get that information in the hands of residents, business owners and public institutions. Information packets have been released by the Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Council […]

Officials urge everyone to get flu vaccine

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Following last year’s shortage, the supply of flu vaccine is plentiful during what health officials say is a mild flu season, so far. Health officials are urging everyone, particularly high-risk people, to get vaccinated. “The more people we can get protected now, the less likely the severity of the […]

Flu vaccine available at Cannon clinic

Courtesy 27th Medical Group The flu season has resurfaced and the 27th Fighter Wing is launching its yearly influenza vaccination program. Unfortunately, flu vaccine supply is constrained again this year, with a limited number of available doses of nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) and delayed delivery of the injectable vaccine (FluZone), said Maj. Walter Matthews, 27th […]

Pandemic preparations under way locally

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Health officials in Portales and across the state have begun preparing for a flu pandemic that officials say could devastate communities with its rapid spread. In May, Portales city officials received a briefing book from the New Mexico Department of Health outlining precautionary measures the city must take for […]

Hopefully Bush is prepared for flu, but don’t count on it

Freedom Newspapers One could view President Bush’s speech on avian flu cynically without much difficulty. He was, after all, coming off what one could characterize as the worst week in his presidency. He first announced a respectable Supreme Court nomination, then asserted he is on top of the avian flu threat — and as is […]