WASHINGTON. - U.S. health experts say it appears the number of cases for this wave of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak has peaked.>>
WASHINGTON. - U.S. health experts say it appears the number of cases for this wave of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak has peaked. "We're going from a time where there was a lot of disease and not a lot of vaccine, to a time when the disease is decreasing," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden with the Centers for Disease Control. Still, the CDC says the virus still poses a threat with widespread cases in 32 states and deaths still being reported.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - New numbers show the H1N1 illness remains at high levels in our region.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - New numbers show the H1N1 illness remains at high levels in our region. Even though the number of H1N1 flu cases appears to be decreasing, the SRHD warns that a potential resurgence of the virus could happen at any time. The holiday season presents plenty of opportunity for the spread of viruses such as H1N1. The Health District does not know how H1N1 will continue to affect our community and the best defense now is to get vaccinated if you are in a priority group.>>
WASHINGTON. - Now is the time to get the swine flu vaccine, the government said Monday.
With 80 million doses available this week, the government's rolling out a new public service campaign urging children, young adults and pregnant women to get the swine flu vaccine.
The CDC is reporting fewer people are getting sick, but that may not be the case come January.
"This wave may be decreasing right now but what we want to do is prevent a third wave," said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Manufacturers are making 10 million new doses a week. At that rate, it could be spring before there's enough for everyone.
In some areas, priority groups have been covered and healthy Americans can get the vaccine now.
Pediatric deaths are a particular concern as 210 children have died from swine flu this year.
The Spokane Regional Health District is holding public clinics in December that will offer both versions of the H1N1 vaccine (injectable & nasal). Supply will be limited and you must schedule an appointment in advance. December clinics are as follows:
December 8, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. East Central Community Center
December 10, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Northeast Community Center
To make an appointment, you must fall into one of the Centers for Disease Control's priority groups.
People who live with or care for infants younger than six months old
Healthcare and emergency medical workers
Anyone from 6-months-old to 24-years-old
People from 25-years-old to 64-years-old with a chronic health condition
If you qualify and want the vaccination, call 324-1648 for an appointment.
Wednesday, November 27 2013 2:39 AM EST2013-11-27 07:39:32 GMT
The Connecticut state's attorney released a report Monday on the investigation of the massacre in December at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, which killed 20 children and six women >>
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut state's attorney released a report Monday on the investigation of the massacre in December at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, which killed 20 children and six women. The report provides this timeline of events: >>>SEE TIMELINE AND EVIDENCE PHOTOS INSIDE STORY>>>>>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:08 AM EST2013-12-10 14:08:02 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - For anyone whose parents have moved into their home or for those looking to possibly rent out part of their home, houses with in-law type set ups are ideal. >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - For anyone whose parents have moved into their home or for those looking to possibly rent out part of their home, houses with in-law type set ups are ideal. It's a great way to give yourself and the person living in your home separate space and it helps to keep the sanity. >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:39 PM EST2013-12-11 02:39:26 GMT
Monday night, the Spokane city council voted 6-0 to bring back the boot for habitual parking offenders. >>
Monday night, the Spokane city council voted 6-0 to bring back the boot for habitual parking offenders. The city has not used the boot since the 1980's. The city says in the past ten years there have been more than 4 million dollars in unpaid parking tickets equaling around 90,000 unpaid tickets. The city says it aims to crack down on habitual offenders in the future.>>