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H1N1 vaccine stocks rising

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Citing growing stocks of the H1N1 vaccine, Los Angeles County public health officials Tuesday announced that they would make the inoculations available to those outside the highest-risk groups.

“Certain retail pharmacies” should start receiving limited supplies of the swine flu vaccine at the end of the month to administer for a small fee.

A number of appointments for no-cost H1N1 vaccines will be available at an L.A. County Public Health center for residents who don’t have health insurance or regular health care, according to the county.

Residents without health insurance who were pregnant, caring for infants, emergency medical workers, children and young adults or those with chronic diseases had been given priority earlier this year when the swine flu vaccine was in short supply.

County health officials warned residents to get the vaccine, even if it appeared the second wave of swine flu had peaked. Chief county Health Officer Jonathan Fielding said that with the flu season lasting through April, “another wave of flu is certainly possible.”

Click here for more information on the flu vaccine.


Written by Jason Wells

December 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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World AIDS Day today

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The AIDS Ribbon (Image by WikiCommons)

HIV/AIDS remains an epidemic around the world. In this country, it has changed from being a mostly gay, white disease in the ’80s and ’90s to infecting many poor and minority people in the Southeastern and Southern U.S. 

World AIDS day began in 1988 by the United Nations organization that was renamed UNAIDS. 

According to the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation:

– As many as 7,000 Californians will become infected with AIDS this year.

– African-Americans make up 6% of California’s population, but account for nearly 19% of those living with HIV/AIDS. 

– Someone is infected with HIV every 9.5 minutes in the U.S. 

– An estimated 56,300 people will become infected with HIV this year. 

– 1.1 million people are currently living with AIDS, 21% of whom are unaware. 

– Americans ages 13-29 account for 34% of all new infections, most of which are through sexual contact. 

– Racial and ethnic minorities account for about 67% of those living with HIV and about 70% of AIDS deaths. 

– AIDS is the single leading cause of death of women globally. 

For more check out the AIDS/LifeCycle.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Kaiser doles out nursing grants

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Seven Glendale Community College nursing students received a combined $11,000 in scholarships from Kaiser Permanente, the health provider announced.

The students were Mariana Aguero, Andrew Braga, Brittany Donofrio, Matthew Li, Reena Patel, Liza Schmit and Monika Talley. The money was to to help “ease the tuition increase and complete their nursing education,” according the announcement.

Kaiser Permanente said they were among 145 nursing students from 46 Southern California colleges and universities that have been granted a total of $256,500 in scholarships.

Need-based scholarships from $2,000 to $2,500 were awarded in the categories of Nursing as a Second Career, Underrepresented Groups in Nursing, Academic Excellence (3.9+ GPA), Graduate Studies and scholarships to students from schools with a Kaiser Permanente clinical affiliation.

Written by Jason Wells

November 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

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Burbank center offering low-cost mammograms

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While getting my flu shot last week, I noticed a flier in my doctor’s office that I wanted to share.

The Providence St. Joseph Breast Health Center is offering low-cost digital screening mammograms for $100 through Dec. 31. Evening and weekend appointments are necessaryand can be scheduled by calling (818) 847-4999.

The American Cancer Society recommends annual screening mammograms for all women age 40 and older.

The center also has available $100 gift certificates for a digital screening mammogram to family and friends. Certificates can be purchased over the phone (818) 847-3434 or in person at the center, 201 S. Buena Vista Street, Suite 20, Burbank.  They are valid through Dec. 31, 2010.


Written by Joyce Rudolph

November 4, 2009 at 10:45 am

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Swine flu self-test

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I must admit: sometimes I can be a bit of a worrier, and this swine flu scare has turned me a hypochondriac.

Every time, I sneeze, cough or sniffle, my immediate thoughts turn to, “Oh no! I have H1N1!”

So I was happy to discover a H1n1 Flu Self-Evaluation feature on the federal government’s Web site dedicated to the flu.

The site warns that the test should not be used in lieu of seeking medical care, but I found that it could be helpful in a preliminary diagnosis of my symptoms. And to ease my hypochondria.

Written by Melanie Hicken

November 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Posted in health, thoughts

Thousands seek H1N1 flu vaccines

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Crowds arrive. for a chance at the H1N1 flu shot given free by L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Glendale Civic Auditorium on Tuesday. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Altadena resident Diane Whiffen missed the chance to get an H1N1 flu vaccination on Sunday, so she wasn’t about to miss the opportunity Tuesday to get a shot for her and her two young children.

In the early morning darkness, Whiffen and her 4-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son drove to the Glendale Civic Auditorium, and at 3 a.m. were the first to stand in line for a free swine flu vaccination. “There was a bunch of people who came from [the Monrovia clinic],” Whiffen said. “Some people waited in line for seven hours and didn’t make it, so I am lucky, I guess, because I am in the front of the line.”

Whiffen was among thousands of people Tuesday waiting in line for an H1N1 vaccination. County officials administered shots and nasal sprays to those to met a pre-determined set of criteria.

Glendale city workers, police and fire organized a massive line that extended from the north end of the auditorium and ran like a maze through the property.

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Written by Veronica Rocha

November 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Posted in glendale, health

Swine flu vaccine requirements stiffen

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Los Angeles County Public Health officials imposed a stiffer screening process for those seeking the free H1N1 vaccine at community clinics.

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The screening will allow high-priority groups, including pregnant women, infants and health-care workers, to get the vaccine before others.

Demand for the vaccine has exceeded the county’s supply, public health officials said.

Vaccine clinics that reach maximum capacity before closing will be shut down early, officials said.

Review this vaccination form if you’re planning to get the county’s free shot.

To find the closest clinic, visit the county’s public health website.

Written by Veronica Rocha

October 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm