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 […]

Group providing free flu shots

CNJ staff Plains Regional Medical Group will provide 300 free flu shots to the public Oct. 17. The shots will be available at 2200 West 21st Street from 8 a.m. to noon, or until the vaccine is gone. The flu shots do not including the H1N1 vaccine. A separate vaccine to protect against H1N1 influenza […]

Schools to host flu season meeting

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools will be hosting a meeting to discuss plans for meeting the challenge of flu season and the H1N1 virus. The public meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Zia Elementary cafeteria, according to a news release. Schools will be conducting vaccination clinics for the seasonal flu at school sites between […]