McGee: Aging gracefully

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A friend of mine emailed me and reminded me to ask my doctor for the shingle vaccine. “That means he thinks you’re old,” she said from the next room. I ignored that comment. I was amazed to hear they had a vaccine for shingles. “Wow isn’t that amazing, a shot […]

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 […]

Vaccine could protect against cervical cancer

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Cancer prevention comes in many forms; a healthy lifestyle, vaccines and routine screenings. All involve your ability to make healthy choices, but TRICARE makes those choices even easier by covering a vaccine that protects against cervical cancer, as well as routine screenings for early detection. According to […]

Clovis health office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the H1N1 vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines are […]

DOD officials: Military will have enough H1N1 vaccine

By Judith Snyderman: Defense Media Activity-Emerging Media Directorate WASHINGTON — As shipments of some 3.7 million doses of H1N1 vaccine ordered by the Defense Department continue to arrive from the manufacturer, more than enough will be available for all military personnel and their beneficiaries, military medical experts said here Oct. 30. Navy Cmdr. Danny Shiau, […]

Air Force officials to offer H1N1 vaccine

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — As part of the service’s preventative efforts to safeguard the health of the force, Air Force medical staffs are set to provide 1 million H1N1 vaccination doses to airmen and their family members by early November, officials said. Air Force medical […]

Cannon begins DoD Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The Department of Defense has resumed its mandatory anthrax vaccination policy. On Oct. 12, 2006, the Secretary of Defense approved resumption of a policy requiring mandatory anthrax vaccination for individuals deploying or PCSing to designated high threat areas. On Feb. 16, Air Force officials directed the implementation of this […]

Schools: Vaccine still has concerns to be addressed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Plans to begin vaccinations for human papillomavirus are creating a stir among school officials, parents and public health officials. Texas Gov. Rick Perry touched off a firestorm earlier this month when he issued an executive order requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the vaccine. The New Mexico Department of […]

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 […]

Timely immunizations keep everyone fit, healthy

Maj. Marina Johnston According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the incidence of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases has dramatically declined in the United States since the initiation of large-scale vaccination programs. But despite the successes, nearly 48,000 adults die yearly from diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. Immunizing children not only protects them from […]

Rabies threat also off base

Mr. Greg Allen When Ms. Gayla Jaquess, a nurse at the Curry County Public Health Department, was queried about rabies in the area, she shared a report she received from the New Mexico Office of Epidemiology. “The report indicated there were no serious issues concerning rabies in Curry County,” she said. This bodes well 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 […]

Flu season is here, no cases reported in area

Darrell Todd Maurina Although flu is striking all around New Mexico, it seems to have had less effect on the local area. Not a single flu case has been reported so far in Roosevelt, Curry or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been 108 […]