Experts offer advice on avoiding flu

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Camellia Gallegos, a nationally certified medical technician at Clovis Family Healthcare, draws up a flu vaccine. 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 […]

TRICARE covers flu shots

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance It’s that time of year again, and your kids are throwing a fit about getting the flu shot. But perhaps, if they see mom or dad doing it too, they may go more willingly. Did you know, nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot, don’t […]

Health officials recommend flu vaccinations

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Lockwood Elementary School fourth grader Jacob Garcia of Clovis said the flu mist felt “funny” but it was better than a flu shot. The flu mist is a live virus and intended for people between the ages of 2 and 49 with no underlying health issues. Liliana Castillo and Alisa […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Flu shots, senioritis and pie

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

Schools administering flu vaccine through nasal spray

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks and Curry County Field Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jacquess screen flu vaccination consent forms to make sure students are qualified and forms are filled out correctly. Liliana Castillo Nursing staff will take half the time, and give much less pain, […]

Medical group offering flu shots

CNJ staff Presbyterian Medical Group in Clovis will provide nearly 400 free children and adult flu shots Saturday. The group, located at 2200 W. 21st St. in Clovis, will hold their free flu shot clinic 8 a.m. Saturday until noon or when the vaccine is gone. The Centers for Disease Control recommend everyone six months […]

Without H1N1 pandemic this year, concern rises over vaccine rate, potential for increased flu cases

ALBUQUERQUE — Experts estimate that the H1N1 pandemic encouraged 23 percent more people nationwide, on average, to get flu shots last fall. Now that the pandemic threat is generally over, insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) are concerned that members may be less motivated to vaccinate this year, which could […]

Flu shots offered through TRICARE

PHOENIX — If nine out of 10 people who played the lottery actually won, who wouldn’t want to try their chances? When it comes to flu shots, it’s the same odds. Nine out of 10 healthy people who get a seasonal flu shot, don’t get the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Flu tracker map

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Business feature: Businesses taking steps to avoid flu

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jade Gallegos, a Clovis Community College student who runs the information desk under the work-study program, said a lot of visitors stop to use a hand sanitizer station near the door. The college is one of a number of local organizations taking steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu. […]

State: Curry County woman dead from swine flu

Freedom New Mexico A 54-year-old Curry County woman and a Quay County infant are among four New Mexicans who died from the H1N1 flu virus this week, according to the state Department of Health. The Quay County infant had no other health conditions, but the Curry County woman suffered chronic health conditions, according to a […]

Press release: Free H1N1 vaccine given Dec. 3

H1N1 flu vaccine will be given free of charge on Thursday, December 3rd from 9 am to 1pm at the Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. The vaccine is for the following groups only:

Health care providers preparing for surge of flu cases

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer 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,” […]

How the flu travels

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An illustration that shows how the flu travels and how it can be transmitted. Freedom New Mexico Here is an illustration that shows how the flu virus travels and how it can be transmitted in your workspace or enviroment.

RGH sets up flu treatment tents

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Emergency Medical Service-Intermediate Rhonda Gorrell of Dora hands a mask to Gay Weese director of marketing with Roosevelt General Hospital. The masks are worn by patients and others while at the new triage set up outside the clinic on Thursday. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico High numbers of patients […]

ENMU Presenting ‘History of Flu and H1N1’ on Oct. 14

PORTALES—Health Services at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will present “The History of the Flu and H1NI” from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Aztec Room of the Campus Union Building. The presentation is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Differences between viral and […]

Seidenwurm urges parents to let healthy kids keep going to school in spite of flu

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Clovis schools Director of Nursing Rhonda Sparks, Curry County Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jaquess and Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos answer parents’ questions at special meeting Tuesday in Zia Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When only 15 parents came to the district’s […]

Student absences, flu concerns on rise

Incidents of flu in the schools: Relatively normal. Worry from some parents because of the H1N1 virus: Elevated. School officials across eastern New Mexico are experiencing what they often do this time of year — increased absence due to sicknesses like the flu. What Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari Schools, among others, are also fighting is […]

Health workers to be among first to get H1N1 vaccine

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cheryl Teitz, assistant emergency room director at PRMC, adminsters a shot at Plains Regional Medical Center. Adminstrators stress the hospital won’t be giving H1N1 vaccinations and the flu shot will only be available through regular medical providers. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus is […]

State officials said it took a week to confirm local swine flu death

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health waited a week to disclose a Roosevelt County baby died of the H1N1 virus because it took that long to confirm through testing, a department spokesman said Friday. Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the agency, said the baby girl died Sept. 24 from the […]