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Getting Shots: H1N1 Vaccine Confuses Doctors and Patients Alike

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatricians last month, many doctors were surprised to learn they hadn't hadn't really ordered vaccine weeks earlier, because they had misunderstood the forms.

According to Dr. Sara Kenamore, of Westchester Pediatrics, the process was like making an online purchase, where you ...

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H1N1 Vaccine: High Demand in Some Areas, Low in Others Makes Supply Unpredictable

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

(Paul Kane/Getty Images)

(Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Demand for H1N1 flu shots is so high in most of New York state that doctors, hospitals, clinics and officials can't keep up. Yet, curiously, only a fraction of city residents have sought the swine flu vaccine. The majority ...

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WQXR News

Good Turnout at NYC's H1N1 Clinics

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nearly 16,000 people showed up to get the H1N1 vaccine last weekend.

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Susie Essman's Tips To Avoid Getting The Flu

Friday, November 13, 2009

Susie Essman is not a doctor.  She doesn't even play one on TV. The comedienne is better known for her bossy "f@#K #$&" smackdowns on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as "Susie Green."

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NYC Expands Access to Free Swine Flu Vaccine

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thousands of people have been lining up for H1N1 flu shots across the country, many of them waiting for hours. But not here in New York City.

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Did Wall Street Get Vaccines First?

Friday, November 06, 2009

A Congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing later this month about whether Wall Street employees and other privileged individuals are getting the swine flu vaccine before people from high-risk groups.

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More Swine Flu Vaccines Up for Grabs

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

New York City middle and high school students can stop by clinics to get free swine flu vaccinations starting this weekend.

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Paterson Declares Emergency Over Swine Flu

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Governor Paterson has declared a state of emergency to free up personnel and resources in case the swine flu outbreak worsens.

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125 Schools Get H1N1 Vaccine

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The first phase of the city's vaccination plan targets NYC public elementary schools with 400 students or less.

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Paterson Suspends Vaccines for Health Workers

Friday, October 23, 2009

Governor Paterson is suspending a requirement that healthcare workers get immunized against seasonal and swine flu.

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NYC Schools Start Flu Vaccines Next Week

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Parents of elementary school children in New York City are receiving swine flu vaccine consent forms this week. The citywide voluntary - and free - vaccine program is starting next Wednesday at local elementary schools.

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Swine Flu Vaccine Shortfall Expected

Friday, October 16, 2009

Health officials warned today of a shortfall in swine flu vaccine supplies that could last through at least the end of November.

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Swine Flu: Two More Deaths, School Status

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with Sesame Street character Elmo at a news conference to encourage families and children to take steps to protect themselves from the H1N1 influenza virus, on May 22, 2009, in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with Sesame Street character Elmo at a news conference to encourage families and children to take steps to protect themselves from the H1N1 influenza virus, on May 22, 2009, in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Two more New York City deaths have been linked to swine flu. A 41-year-old Queens woman and a 34-year-old Brooklyn man died over the weekend. Both tested positive for H1N1. But Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden says it’s not yet clear whether the virus caused the death or was a factor.

'Both have died, but the autopsy which gives the details and says whether something else is going on won’t be ready for some time.'

Frieden says both had underlying health conditions, but he would not say what they were, citing patient privacy. He also says the two did not work in schools, where the outbreak has been concentrated. He did not say whether they had any links to school students or staff.

Latest swine flu school closures from the Board of Education

Schools closed Wednesday, May 27

The following schools will be closed on Wednesday, May 27 because they have experienced unusually high levels of influenza-like illness in recent days. All of these schools are closed based on recommendations from the New York City Department of Health.

Queens

* PS 58Q - reopening Thursday, May 28
* P9Q's program at PS 58Q - reopening Thursday, May 28
o Please note that the main P9 building in Maspeth is NOT closed. Only the P9 location at PS 58Q is closed.
* P811Q's program at building P822Q - reopening Monday, June 1
o Please note that the P811 program at PS 136Q is NOT closed. Only the location at P822Q is closed.

Brooklyn

* PS 160K - reopening Thursday, May 28
* PS/IS 384K - reopening Thursday, May 28
* P53K's program at PS/IS 384K - reopening Thursday, May 28
* PS 231K's program at PS/IS 180K - reopening Monday, June 1
o Please note that PS/IS 180K is NOT closed. Only PS 231K's program there is closed.
* PS 369K - reopening Monday, June 1

Manhattan

* PS 30M - reopening Thursday, May 28
* PS 138M - reopening Thursday, May 28
* Kappa II - reopening Thursday, May 28
* PS 128M - reopening Monday, June 1

Bronx

* PS 68X - reopening Monday, June 1

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Eight More Schools Close, Four Reopen Friday

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The city's education department decided on Thursday to close eight additional schools because of concern over swine flu. Most of the school buildings are in Queens, but one is in the Bronx and another is in Brooklyn. That brings the total of school closures due to flu to 37 this week. Tomorrow, the city plans to reopen four school buildings that have been closed since last Friday. More than 15,000 public school students have been out of school this week due to the flu.

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Three More Schools Closed

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg gives a briefing on the H1-N1 flu, May 20, 2009. (Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg gives a briefing on the H1-N1 flu, May 20, 2009. (Spencer T Tucker)

Three more schools are closing down, as a result of students reporting ...

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A Memorial for Mitchell Wiener

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Seventh grader Jeffery Grey, 13, says Mr. Wiener was always able to help him and other students get tutoring or whatever they needed at I.S. 238.

Seventh grader Jeffery Grey, 13, says Mr. Wiener was always able to help him and other students get tutoring or whatever they needed at I.S. 238.

Funeral services for assistant principal Mitchell Weiner have ended at Sinai Chapel in Queens. The 55-year old was the city's first confirmed death in connection to swine flu. Teachers were still stunned at the loss of such a big personality, somebody who had been at that school for over 30 years and who they loved so much. And there was a bit of anger expressed by some of them that how the city had handled them, they wished that the school had been closed sooner, because they knew that their principal was meeting with the health department about concerns and it took a few days after students were sick before they shut down I.S. 238. One teacher suggested that the best honor would be to name the school after Mitchell Weiner.

Lisa Harrison, a science lab assistant at I.S. 238, says she thinks the school should now be named for Mitchell Wiener.

Lisa Harrison, a science lab assistant at I.S. 238, says she thinks the school should now be named for Mitchell Wiener.

Weiner died Sunday after being hospitalized since May 13. He had been on a ventilator. Wiener's death was the country's sixth from swine flu. Hospital and city officials say complications besides the virus probably played a part in Wiener's death. But his family has said he suffered only from a joint disease. New York City has more than 190 confirmed cases of swine flu.

Eighth graders Natalie Black, 14, and Tyra Stanley, 13 from Intermediate School 238 paid their respects at the funeral of assistant principal Mitchell Wiener. They said he was famous for cracking jokes on the public address system every morning and once made a few students sing as though he was judging them on

Eighth graders Natalie Black, 14, and Tyra Stanley, 13 from Intermediate School 238 paid their respects at the funeral of assistant principal Mitchell Wiener. They said he was famous for cracking jokes on the public address system every morning and once made a few students sing as though he was judging them on 'American Idol.'

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City: Stay Calm!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

“People should not panic," the heartbroken father said. “It’s not what people think.”
So reports the Daily News, quoting Zeferino Zamora, father of a 16-month-old toddler, who died Monday night.

Jonathan Zamora Castillo, by all indications, did not die of swine flu. It took the city almost 24 hours ...

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Swine Flu Spreads, More Schools Close

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The front steps of I.S. 238, the Susan B. Anthony Middle School, after one of the school's assistant principals, Mitchell Wiener, 55, died of complications related to the H1N1 swine flu virus over the weekend, the city's first fatality related to the outbreak, and the nation's sixth. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The front steps of I.S. 238, the Susan B. Anthony Middle School, after one of the school\'s assistant principals, Mitchell Wiener, 55, died of complications related to the H1N1 swine flu virus over the weekend, the city\'s first fatality related to the outbreak, and the nation\'s sixth. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Twenty-six schools in New York City have been shut down because of swine flu concerns. For the latest information on how swine flu is affecting New York City's public schools, you can visit the Department of Education web site and a list of schools is provided at the end of this post.

New York health officials are looking into the death of a 16-month-old toddler who was taken to a Queens hospital with flu-like symptoms. Elmhurst Hospital Center said the little boy had a high fever when he was brought in last night.

On Sunday, a public school assistant principal, Mitchell Wiener, became the city's first swine flu death. Hospital and city officials say complications other than the virus probably played a part in Wiener's death. But his family has said he suffered only from gout, a joint disease.

The city is increasingly encouraging people in certain health categories to get medical help – and even go to the hospital -- if they think they have swine flu. For weeks, Mayor Bloomberg and health officials discouraged most people from heading to emergency rooms. But following the flu death of Wiener and the possible flu death of the 16-month old, Bloomberg says people shouldn’t be shy about getting help.

'If you have an underlying medical condition, such as asthma or diabetes, and you have a fever with either a cough or sore throat, see your doctor immediately for medical treatment.'

Health officials say they are assembling a statewide system for tracking sick students amid the H1N1, or swine flu, outbreak. This follows concerns raised by Governor Paterson who's worried about the lack of a centralized system that could help detect flu cases earlier.
Mayor Bloomberg announced his selection of Dr. Thomas A. Farley – a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and expert in public health policy – as the city’s new head of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Mayor Bloomberg announced his selection of Dr. Thomas A. Farley – a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and expert in public health policy – as the city’s new head of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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First NY Death Connected to Swine Flu, City Closes More Schools

Monday, May 18, 2009

Nancy Crespo and seventh-grade daughter Alexis Morales hold a get well card for assistant principal Mitch Wiener outside a closed Intermediate School 238 on May 15, 2009 (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nancy Crespo and seventh-grade daughter Alexis Morales hold a get well ...

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How to Save the Pork Industry

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway

You can't get swine flu from eating pork. (And it’s not even called swine flu anymore--technically it’s H1N1 Influenza A.) Nonetheless, the pork industry can’t be ...

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