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 […]