September 27, 2010
Health officials expect flu season to be milder than last season's pandemic, but as in any flu season, the public is still being urged to get vaccinated. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved vaccines that will protect against last year's seasonal flu, the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus and a new strain known as A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2). The vaccine approvals reflected the recommendations made by the World Health Organization. People will receive protection from all three strains in a single formula, according to information provided by Shelly Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman.
December 29, 2009
Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The question posted Thursday was: What do you consider the top news story of 2009? Poll results (as of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29): The economy - 612 votes (36.1 percent) Health care overhaul - 128 votes (7.6 percent)
December 18, 2009
Berkeley County office building reopens today MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County offices, including the tax, assessor, planning and engineering departments, will reopen as scheduled at 9 a.m. today, Berkeley County Commission President Ronald K. Collins announced on Thursday. "All you people that got four days off, Merry Christmas," Collins said. The closure this week of the Dunn Building at 400 W. Stephen St. was needed because of an ongoing roof replacement project that involves asbestos removal, officials had said.
December 15, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified doctors about the recall Tuesday. The recall involves about 800,000 doses made by Sanofi Pasteur. The doses are pre-filled syringes intended for young children, ages 6 months to almost three years. Health officials recommend children those ages get two doses, spaced about a month apart.
December 8, 2009
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the swine flu vaccine is now available to all Maryland residents. The vaccine was available at county health departments Tuesday and will be shipped to pharmacies, the department announced. The availability comes as the department says flu activity is declining from a peak in October. Still, department secretary John Colmers said many people are still experiencing serious symptoms and some will still die after what is normally a mild to moderate illness.
December 7, 2009
Health department appreciates patience on H1N1 vaccine To the editor: In the early spring of this year, it became evident to those of us who work in public health that this year's flu season was going to be different from any other that most of us have seen. It was in April that reports began to circulate that a new strain of flu, the H1N1 virus, or Swine flu, was emerging in Mexico and that death rates seemed higher than those traditionally seen associated with seasonal flu, especially among the young.
December 3, 2009
The Washington County Health Department will conduct a free walk-in vaccination clinic for H1N1 flu from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in the annex in the rear of the Health Department's main building at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave. Only individuals included in one of the nationally established target populations will be eligible for vaccination. These groups include, pregnant women; people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age; health care and emergency medical services personnel; people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old; and people between the ages of 25 and 64 who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.
December 1, 2009
The Washington County Health Department will hold an H1N1 flu vaccination clinic Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all target groups recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The vaccinations will be given on a walk-in basis in the annex at the rear of the health department's main building at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown, according to a news release from the health department. There is no charge for the vaccination. The target groups are: o Pregnant women o People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old o Health care and emergency medical services personnel o People between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old o People between the ages of 25 and 64 years old who are at higher risk for H1N1, also known as swine flu, because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems This clinic is for distribution of H1N1 flu vaccine, which will not provide protection from the seasonal flu, according to the release.
November 10, 2009
o If you like reading Tim Rowland, you'll love watching him. See what else Tim has to say Egads, The Herald-Mail has canceled its pie and cookie contests out of concerns about the swine flu? I wasn't paying much attention to this disease before, but now it's personal. And to be clear, I am writing as an unbiased journalist, not as an occasional judge in these contests, who routinely gorged himself so badly that he had to be wheeled out of the room on one of those orange lumber carts you see at the Home Depot.