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

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 […]

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 […]

Portales prepares for flu vaccine

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Many health providers in Portales are anticipating having enough flu shots go around this fall and are hopeful to begin receiving shipments for the general public in late October and early November. Carol Morgan, nurse manager for the public health office in Portales, said she is hopeful of having vaccines […]

Flu vaccine plentiful despite epidemic scare

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The month of October brings pleasant changes in the form of shorter days and cooler weather. The beginning of fall, however, is also the onset of flu season. Chris Minnick of the New Mexico Department of Health said flu shot shortages were not expected to be a worry this year. “We’re […]

Side effects might not be worth the cure

By Bob Huber I’ve been out of focus the last few days — a flu bug bit me — but I’ve kept busy wallowing in self pity and researching the bad side effects of medicines I saw advertised on television. When you have the flu, you do silly stuff like that. What I really wanted […]

Officials monitoring pneumonia cases

Freedom Newspapers State health officials are monitoring three cases of pneumonia in the Eastern New Mexico area to see if each illness was spawned by influenza. “It’s not abnormally high (number of cases) … (but) the reason we’re monitoring it is because it’s related to the lung and there may be a viral connection and […]

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 […]