McGee: Aging gracefully

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A friend of mine emailed me and reminded me to ask my doctor for the shingle vaccine. “That means he thinks you’re old,” she said from the next room. I ignored that comment. I was amazed to hear they had a vaccine for shingles. “Wow isn’t that amazing, a shot […]

Health officials recommend flu vaccinations

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Lockwood Elementary School fourth grader Jacob Garcia of Clovis said the flu mist felt “funny” but it was better than a flu shot. The flu mist is a live virus and intended for people between the ages of 2 and 49 with no underlying health issues. Liliana Castillo and Alisa […]

Schools administering flu vaccine through nasal spray

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Director of Health Services Rhonda Sparks and Curry County Field Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jacquess screen flu vaccination consent forms to make sure students are qualified and forms are filled out correctly. Liliana Castillo Nursing staff will take half the time, and give much less pain, […]

Medical group offering flu shots

CNJ staff Presbyterian Medical Group in Clovis will provide nearly 400 free children and adult flu shots Saturday. The group, located at 2200 W. 21st St. in Clovis, will hold their free flu shot clinic 8 a.m. Saturday until noon or when the vaccine is gone. The Centers for Disease Control recommend everyone six months […]

Without H1N1 pandemic this year, concern rises over vaccine rate, potential for increased flu cases

ALBUQUERQUE — Experts estimate that the H1N1 pandemic encouraged 23 percent more people nationwide, on average, to get flu shots last fall. Now that the pandemic threat is generally over, insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) are concerned that members may be less motivated to vaccinate this year, which could […]

Vaccine could protect against cervical cancer

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Cancer prevention comes in many forms; a healthy lifestyle, vaccines and routine screenings. All involve your ability to make healthy choices, but TRICARE makes those choices even easier by covering a vaccine that protects against cervical cancer, as well as routine screenings for early detection. According to […]

H1N1 vaccine available for Clovis students

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools and the New Mexico Department of Health are offering students inoculations against swine flu. Students with paperwork turned in on time will be inoculated only with injectible H1N1 vaccine. The vaccine isn’t available in mist form. All CMS students will receive a vaccine information packet at school between Wednesday and […]

Public Health Office to administer 2,000 doses of swine flu vaccine

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Public Health Office plans to administer 2,000 free doses of the swine flu vaccine Thursday. Gayla Jacquess, nurse manager at the office, said the vaccine is part of an allotment the Centers for Disease Control gives each state. The state disperses the vaccine to counties. The vaccines […]

H1N1 vaccines being offered

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health Clovis office is offering free H1N1 flu vaccines, according to a news release. The vaccine will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Clovis Civic Center to four priority groups. The vaccine will be given to children ages six months to […]

Press release: Free H1N1 vaccine given Dec. 3

H1N1 flu vaccine will be given free of charge on Thursday, December 3rd from 9 am to 1pm at the Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. The vaccine is for the following groups only:

DOD officials: Military will have enough H1N1 vaccine

By Judith Snyderman: Defense Media Activity-Emerging Media Directorate WASHINGTON — As shipments of some 3.7 million doses of H1N1 vaccine ordered by the Defense Department continue to arrive from the manufacturer, more than enough will be available for all military personnel and their beneficiaries, military medical experts said here Oct. 30. Navy Cmdr. Danny Shiau, […]

PRMC spokesperson: Vaccine reserved for high-risk patients

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer While Clovis waits for the bulk of its apportioned vaccines for swine flu, what’s showed up is going to those most at risk. Plains Regional Medical Center is following New Mexico Department of Health recommendations for the doses it has received, said Presbyterian Healthcare Services spokesman Brad Treptow. So […]

Air Force officials to offer H1N1 vaccine

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — As part of the service’s preventative efforts to safeguard the health of the force, Air Force medical staffs are set to provide 1 million H1N1 vaccination doses to airmen and their family members by early November, officials said. Air Force medical […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cannon begins DoD Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The Department of Defense has resumed its mandatory anthrax vaccination policy. On Oct. 12, 2006, the Secretary of Defense approved resumption of a policy requiring mandatory anthrax vaccination for individuals deploying or PCSing to designated high threat areas. On Feb. 16, Air Force officials directed the implementation of this […]

Officials, parents express concern about HPV vaccine

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Plans to begin vaccinations for human papillomavirus are creating a stir among school officials, parents and public health officials. Texas Gov. Rick Perry touched off a firestorm earlier this month when he issued an executive order requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the vaccine. The New Mexico Department of Health […]

Vaccine mandate oversteps bounds of government

By Freedom Newspapers You have to give Texas Gov. Rick Perry credit for showing the gumption to step outside his conservative political reputation by initiating a policy that some circles might view as “progressive.” But his execution of this new direction — mandating anti-cancer vaccines for all girls entering sixth grade — was clumsy and […]

Flu vaccine available at Cannon clinic

Courtesy 27th Medical Group The flu season has resurfaced and the 27th Fighter Wing is launching its yearly influenza vaccination program. Unfortunately, flu vaccine supply is constrained again this year, with a limited number of available doses of nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) and delayed delivery of the injectable vaccine (FluZone), said Maj. Walter Matthews, 27th […]

Timely immunizations keep everyone fit, healthy

Maj. Marina Johnston According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the incidence of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases has dramatically declined in the United States since the initiation of large-scale vaccination programs. But despite the successes, nearly 48,000 adults die yearly from diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. Immunizing children not only protects them from […]