STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND N.D. health officials encourage flu shots
BISMARCKState health officials are encouraging North Dakotans to get an influenza vaccination this fall, saying there are more than enough doses available.
The North Dakota Department of Health and C... Posted on 10/4/10 at 11:32 AM
NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND under the radar
Just because you don't hear as much about bird flu as you did three or four years ago, doesn't mean resources are not being targeted. The work continues.
Avian Influenza Surveillance Continues
State... Posted on 8/31/10 at 12:32 PM
HEALTHBEAT Where have all the flu germs gone?
Every winter I can count on doing at least one story about the extent of seasonal influenza. This year? Nothing, nada, zilch. I can't remember the last time this happened.
So what gives? It seems... Posted on 4/13/10 at 11:23 AM
STAFF BLOG OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Did I Just Kill 17 Million People? Oopsie!
I committed mass murder by accident this morning.
Someone linked me this educational game that's supposed to teach you how difficult it is to manage a pandemic flu situation. Essentially, you get to m... Posted on 10/22/09 at 4:47 AM
First there was too little swine flu vaccine. Now could there be way too much?
This week will tell. Get ready for a huge flu-shot push as health officials try to rekindle interest in protection against this new influenza strain that, despite plummeting cases, still is threatening lives — even as they reassess just how much more vaccine needs to be shipped.
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, January 12, 2010
If you have been one of those macho souls snubbing H1N1 flu shots, you may have a false sense of security because the flu has been quite limited, at least when compared to the flu that hit the country in 1918. That was the mother of all pandemics, killing 550,000 in the U.S. and 40 million worldwide.
After weeks of shortages, swine flu vaccine is plentiful enough that nearly half the states now say everyone can get it, not just people in high-risk groups.
But the good news comes with a challenge for health officials: how to keep persuading people to get vaccinated when swine flu infections are waning.
“We’re worried that people might be thinking out of sight, out of mind,” said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press
, December 17, 2009
Keith Worthington is lying in a pediatric intensive care unit bed, breathing with the aid of a machine, and battling for his life.
The 15-year-old Fargo boy went to the emergency room Oct. 19 with flu-like symptoms: coughing, a low-grade fever, difficulty breathing.
His mother, Christina Quintana, suspected bronchitis or strep throat, and thought a few hours in the ER would take care of the illness.
By Patrick Springer, Forum Communications Co.
, December 15, 2009
Vaccinations for the H1N1 flu, commonly known as the swine flu, will remain limited to high risk groups until later this week, according to Robin Iszler, administrator of the Central Valley Heath District.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Debbie Walczynski of her son’s improbable death last week after a bout with the H1N1 flu.
Matthew James Walczynski, 32, of Duluth came home from work Nov. 6 running a fever of 103.8 degrees, and went straight to bed, according to his mother. Ten days later he was dead.
By John Myers, Forum Communications Co.
, November 25, 2009
A technology originally developed for premature babies may be helping to save some of the sickest swine flu patients by rerouting their blood so their lungs can rest.
It’s a risky approach using equipment that only certain specialized hospitals have. But faced with children and young adults struggling to breathe despite ventilators has intensive-care doctors dusting off these machines, named ECMO, that they often consider last-ditch and almost never use for influenza.
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, November 24, 2009
The government cannot protect us against all hazards — and the H1N1 virus is one of them. Private sector health care providers, along with prudent safeguards by individuals and families, are much more effective than the government against disease.
Concern about the H1N1 virus — or swine flu — seems to be building. President Barack Obama’s recent declaration that the H1N1 outbreak is a national emergency certainly will ratchet up the level of worry for many people.
The uncertainty over weekly allotments of a limited supply of H1N1 vaccine has complicated efforts to organize immunization clinics and distribute it to hundreds of providers in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Shipments from manufacturers are sent to states based on population. State health officials in South Dakota and North Dakota then allocate the vaccine under a formula meant to provide equitable distribution to local clinics and health care providers.
By Wayne Ortman, The Associated Press
, November 20, 2009
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