December 3, 2012 1:22 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Walgreens and other community partners are working together to offer five free flu shot clinics this month for people with health insurance or those who do not have vaccine coverage. Cases of the flu are already being reported in El Paso County and... more »
February 19, 2012 12:07 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Health is beginning to see reports of increasing flu cases in the state. That has prompted state health officials to encourage residents to take common-sense steps to avoid influenza or spreading it to others. Clay Van Houten is the health department's emerging... more »
January 27, 2011 8:26 PM
When it comes to the flu, the first and best line of defense for people six months and older is being vaccinated.
"The most important thing you need to be thinking about is making sure you have gotten immunized," says medical director of El Paso County Public Health Dr.... more »
January 3, 2011 3:59 PM
The El Paso County Health Department says all indications show the spread of influenza is underway. Locally six people have been hospitalized, and more and more lab tests are coming back with positive results for the illness.
Dr. Bernadette Albanese, the health department's medical director, says it's going to... more »
December 16, 2010 3:03 PM
Two infants have been hospitalized with influenza in El Paso County, according to the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment.
"We expect to see an increase in flu activity throughout the holidays and encourage everyone to get vaccinated and be conscientious about practicing flu prevention behaviors. These... more »
November 16, 2010 7:27 PM
Penrose-St. Francis Mission Outreach, along with the Bethel School of Nursing at UCCS and West Side CARES, will host a free flu shot clinic for the uninsured and underinsured on Saturday.
Flu shots will be available from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Westside Community Center,... more »
September 22, 2010 9:47 AM
Last year's pandemic influenza made a lot of people sick. Many kids got really sick.
Research released Sunday by the University of Utah shows the H1N1 virus apparently triggered a higher rate of neurological complications in children.
"I've been working as a physician for approximately 10 years and... more »
June 8, 2010 10:34 AM
After a year of struggling to contain then eradicate H1N1 swine flu in Colorado, health officials report that in mid-May, all influenza has finally been stamped out. The week ending May 22, the most recent week for which data is available, is the first time Colorado has reported no activity.... more »
April 29, 2010 2:04 PM
Health officials say a record 40 percent of Americans got ordinary flu vaccinations last year, and fear of swine flu played a role.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the jump was most dramatic in children, but there was also a large jump in vaccinations of healthy... more »
February 24, 2010 5:40 PM
The El Paso County Health Department will sponsor a free H1N1 flu vaccine clinic next month specifically for senior citizens, though anyone older than six months can get the vaccine.
"It's important for seniors and for all members of our community to remember that H1N1 flu still is circulating... more »
February 24, 2010 1:55 PM
Colorado children are twice as likely to be vaccinated for seasonal flu than children across the country, with 60 percent of kids being immunized. For the H1N1 swine flu, the vaccination rate is 32 percent.
That's according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Adults also lined... more »
February 18, 2010 10:40 AM
Health officials say the swine flu outbreak in Colorado last fall may have pushed the seasonal flu aside, but it's too early to declare victory.
Joni Reynolds, director of the Colorado Immunization Program, says swine flu is still the prevalent strain in the state, and that may be keeping... more »
January 12, 2010 7:14 PM
Thousands of Romanians lined up for the swine flu vaccine after the death of a popular TV actor.
The director of a Bucharest hospital said it took the death of a TV star to make Romanians identify with the victim and realize they're at risk. Romania reports over 6,000... more »
January 6, 2010 11:09 AM
The flu remains at a low ebb in Colorado, with only 14 new hospitalizations and no deaths reported last week. State health reports released Wednesday show that so far this season, about 2,000 people have been hospitalized for flu and 59 people have died. Monitoring started on Aug. 30. The... more »
January 5, 2010 6:42 PM
The nation's top doctors are in Colorado Springs with a message for Olympic athletes and the community; Get vaccinated.
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and CDC Director Anne Schuchat joined State Health Officer Ned Calonge at the US Olympic Training Center Tuesday to encourage vaccinations ahead of the Winter Olympic... more »
December 18, 2009 4:08 PM
The St. Louis Rams have returned to the practice field, a day after an undisclosed number of swine flu cases on the team forced them to cancel a workout. Running back Steven Jackson and quarterback Kyle Boller were among four players who missed Friday's outdoor workout due to flulike symptoms... more »
December 17, 2009 1:41 PM
Pueblo County has already vaccinated more than 33,000 residents against the H1N1 swine flu. The vaccines were given at mass vaccination clinics, doctors offices and pharmacies.
"We are pleased with the number of people who have been vaccinated," stated Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, Executive Director at the Pueblo City-County Health... more »
December 10, 2009 4:08 PM
The El Paso County Health Department is making it easier to get an H1N1 swine flu vaccination. It's sponsoring free clinics at The Citadel Mall, starting Monday. The clinics are a partnership between the Visiting Nurse Association and the Health Department.
The location is in a vacant storefront on... more »
December 10, 2009 3:39 PM
The H1N1 swine flu vaccine clinic this Saturday at Centennial High School in Pueblo will be the last FREE CLINIC in Pueblo. After Saturday, people will have to go to their doctor's office, pharmacy or medical clinic to be immunized. Costs at those places are running $15-$20. * Saturday, December... more »
December 2, 2009 7:24 PM
As the U.S. continues to struggle to get enough swine flu virus to Americans, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said her department will review its approach to disaster preparedness.
At the core of the problem-influenza vaccines are still made using eggs--a system developed in the 1950s.
... more »
December 1, 2009 12:09 PM
Big businesses are spending serious time and money trying to limit the swine flu pandemic's impact on operations, from bankrolling video on good hygiene to training employees to cover for co-workers with critical jobs.
Companies from health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. to beverage can maker Ball Corp. are arranging... more »