April 6, 2010 4:00 PM
GlaxoSmithKline PLC has agreed to cut the British government's order of H1N1 swine flu vaccine by around a third without penalty.
Under an agreement announced Tuesday, the government's order has been capped at 34.8 million doses.
It won't pay a cancellation fee after both sides agreed that the... more »
March 17, 2010 11:34 AM
The Tarrant County, Texas Health Department is scrambling to administer 20,000 swine flu shots in the next two weeks as demand for the vaccines has plummeted nationwide.
"At the end of the month they'll expire, and we'll have to throw them out," said health department spokesman Marc Flake.
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February 9, 2010 1:35 PM
Swine flu hasn't completely disappeared, so if you haven't gotten your vaccination yet--the Pueblo City-County Health Department is going all out to grab the attention of young adults.
The department is sponsoring a social media contest, "It's a Flu For All" this month, with the winner taking home $250.... more »
January 11, 2010 3:32 PM
The Colorado State Health department is urging people to get a H1N1 vaccination if you haven't already done so. It's part of the health department's "Enough Excuses" flu vaccination campaign which kicked off Sunday. This is National Influenza Vaccination week. Hundreds showed up for a free shot or nasal spray... more »
January 8, 2010 11:15 AM
Canada is lending Mexico 5 million doses of the swine flu vaccine.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said in a statement Wednesday that Mexico requested the doses to help bridge that country's immediate pandemic vaccine requirements.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says Mexico placed orders with several... more »
January 6, 2010 11:09 AM
The flu remains at a low ebb in Colorado, with only 14 new hospitalizations and no deaths reported last week. State health reports released Wednesday show that so far this season, about 2,000 people have been hospitalized for flu and 59 people have died. Monitoring started on Aug. 30. The... more »
December 28, 2009 10:35 AM
About 60 million Americans have received the swine flu vaccine, including a large proportion of children, a government health official said recently.
That estimate comes as supplies of the H1N1 vaccine have vastly increased, with about 111 million doses available.
December 17, 2009 11:42 AM
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... more »
December 16, 2009 4:45 PM
Data are in from three big studies of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine -- researchers say adults had at least 95-percent immunity to the swine flu virus after just one dose. Kids under 10 had a lower immune response after one dose -- suggesting they need two, just as the... more »
December 9, 2009 4:33 PM
Custer County ran out of vaccine about two hours into its H1N1 clinic Friday morning.
Other clinics are still planned in other cities over the next few days. Anyone who wants the immunization may receive it. Restriction were lefted last week that had limited the immunization to target groups.... more »
December 2, 2009 7:24 PM
As the U.S. continues to struggle to get enough swine flu virus to Americans, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said her department will review its approach to disaster preparedness.
At the core of the problem-influenza vaccines are still made using eggs--a system developed in the 1950s.
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November 17, 2009 5:10 PM
Southern Colorado health departments continue mass vaccination clinics for H1N1 swine flu, with a few more times and locations added.
Check the list for the clinic closest to you.
Colorado Springs Date: Tuesday, November 17 Time: 4 pm Location: Harrison High School
Canon City Date: Tuesday, November... more »
November 11, 2009 5:44 PM
As Southern Colorado residents scramble for H1N1 swine flu vaccine, there's progress to report in getting more vaccine out to the public.
The FDA has ok'd another version of the vaccine and that company promises to get out more than seven million doses by the end of next month.... more »
November 6, 2009 11:01 AM
Milwaukee police have arrested a man accused of stealing a truck carrying 900 doses of swine flu vaccine. The suspect is a 38-year-old man with a criminal record. Police are looking for two other men who were seen in the vehicle with him. The truck was taken Thursday night as... more »
November 4, 2009 10:13 AM
A House committee looks into the federal response to the H1N1 virus at a hearing today on Capitol Hill. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can expect some tough questioning about the availability of the swine flu vaccine.
Meanwhile, a senior House lawmaker is seeking... more »
November 2, 2009 6:57 PM
A single dose of the swine flu vaccine works well for almost all pregnant women, but young children will still need two doses for best results, federal health officials said Monday.
Twenty-one days after receiving a single 15-microgram dose of the vaccine, 92 percent of pregnant women showed a... more »
November 1, 2009 8:41 AM
As millions of people worldwide begin getting the new swine flu shot, public health officials are bracing for rumors about dangerous side effects linked to the vaccine.
Hundreds of people on any given day will die, develop the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome or have spontaneous abortions, and that doesn't necessarily... more »
October 28, 2009 9:14 AM
Colorado State University has received 200 doses of swine flu vaccine and is offering them to its health-care and child-care staff and to pregnant women. CSU spokeswoman Dell Rae Moellenberg said Tuesday the school is also making vaccinations available to the pediatric unit of the university health center.
Moellenberg... more »
October 27, 2009 2:35 PM
U.S. health officials say more than 22 million doses of swine flu vaccine are now available, and they predict most Americans should soon find it easier to get their dose.
The first supplies of swine flu vaccine began as a frustrating trickle that caused long lines in parts of... more »
October 22, 2009 10:51 AM
Health officials are blaming the slow production of swine flu vaccine in part on an antiquated process that relies on millions of chicken eggs. The federal government originally promised 120 million doses of swine flu vaccine by now. Only 13 million have come through. The 50-year-old technology involves injecting the... more »
October 21, 2009 2:51 PM
Medicaid patients may now get H1N1 Swine Flu vaccines at local pharmacies. There is no charge for clients ages 18 and under and the cost for clients 19 and over is $1. Medicaid is reimbursing pharmacies for dispensing the vaccine. According to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and... more »
October 21, 2009 12:29 PM
The Pueblo City-County Health Department plans to hold an H1N1 Swine Flu clinic Thursday at the Colorado State Fairgrounds.
This clinic is for pregnant women, caregivers of those under 6 months old, and those with chronic illness from 6 months to 18 years old.
The swine flu shot... more »
October 13, 2009 6:04 PM
As the impact of H1N1 swine flu continues spreading there are a lot people anxious to get immunized. Health department leaders want to emphasize that the first shipments are for groups considered high risk.
The high priority groups are: health care workers and first responders, pregnant women, caregivers for... more »
October 6, 2009 2:06 PM
Local health officials say there is no seasonal flu vaccine shortage.
Bernadete Albanese, medical director of the El Paso County health department, says some places ran out of vaccines because so many people got them early. She says more is expected to arive in mid-to-late october and early... more »
October 5, 2009 7:13 AM
After much ballyhoo, vaccinations against the swine flu become available this week. But don't try to make that appointment just yet. The initial shipments are so small that they're reserved for health care workers and certain at-risk children. The idea is to keep the health care providers healthy so they... more »
September 17, 2009 5:05 PM
The United States, with only enough swine flu vaccine for less than 20% of our population, will give away 10% of our supply to other nations, the White House announced Thursday.
The Obama Administration said the move would help fight the global spread of swine flu, known among scientists... more »
September 15, 2009 2:03 PM
The Food and Drug Administration approved the new swine flu vaccine Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to get vaccinations under way next month. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the vaccine's approval to Congress - and says she hopes to get the first limited supplies... more »
September 3, 2009 12:06 PM
A Swiss drugmaker says one of its swine flu vaccines may work with just one dose, rather than two as previously expected. That word from Novartis comes as China approved a swine flu vaccine which its producer, Sinovac, says will also work with just one dose. Most experts had thought... more »
September 1, 2009 10:12 AM
About 100 Colorado children are expected to participate in a clinical trial for a swine flu vaccine. Dr. Isaac Melamed of IMMUNOe 1st International Research Centers in the Denver suburb of Thornton plans to begin trials this week for pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis. Children between ages 3 and 8 are eligible.... more »