Flu warnings are government advice, not orders

Freedom Newspapers If people want to understand why more and more Americans increasingly take lightly declarations by our federal government, they need only look at the policies regarding flu shots. The National Institutes of Health reported last week that flu shots don’t really help elderly people, despite the government’s insistence that older Americans continue to […]

Officials: flu season normal

CNJ staff State health officials are monitoring three cases of pneumonia in Curry County 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 possibly related to […]

A safe, warm and cost-effective winter is all about preperation

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Jake Cavanaugh, 3, plays in the freshly fallen snow in Truckee, Calif., Oct. 26. The Sierra Nevada city got about a foot of the white stuff in the latest storm. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Before cars, heaters and grocery stores, fall was a season dedicated to preparing for winter, but modern conveniences haven’t […]

Feds should take blame for flu vaccine shortages

Freedom Newspapers T he fact that at least some batches of this year’s flu vaccine, manufactured by Chiron in England, have turned up contaminated and thus will not be allowed to be used in the United States has created something of a crisis. The United States is now short some 48 million doses of flu […]

U.S. flu outbreak prompts medical exercise

By Darrell Todd Maurina Media across New Mexico and the nation have been reporting on the progress of a worse-than-usual flu outbreak this winter for which the standard flu vaccine doesn’t provide specific immunity. On Friday, local emergency management staff reported on a state exercise bringing planners together to discuss what they would do in […]

Influenza cases up in Clovis area

By Darrell Todd Maurina As flu continues to strike victims across the United States, Clovis doctors have begun to see more cases — 44 documented cases as of Friday in Plains Regional Medical Center — and many more people probably have the flu but haven’t sought medical treatment. That could be a serious mistake, according […]

It’s flu season in New Mexico, but not yet in Clovis

By 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 Curry, Roosevelt, or Quay counties, authorities say. Beth Velasquez, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Health, said there have been […]