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  • FDA approves swine flu test for permanent use

    May 24, 2010 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first diagnostic test for 2009 swine flu under its traditional approval system. The FDA previously cleared several tests on a limited basis for use during the declared public health emergency related to swine flu. The... more »
  • Millions of H1N1 vaccine set to expire in the US

    May 5, 2010 3:38 PM

    Millions of swine flu vaccines are going unused in the nation, thousands here on the Central Coast. 71 million H1N1 vaccines are set to expire in the U.S., according to Health and Human Services. Health experts still recommend getting vaccinated for those who have not received it, as... more »
  • Surplus of H1N1 shots causes thousand to be tossed

    March 18, 2010 3:42 PM

    Remember the long lines to get swine flu vaccines? Health departments, nationwide and locally, are having the opposite problem. Demand for H1N1 shots has dropped so much, thousands of doses might have to be thrown away. Health department officials report, nationwide, about 20,000 doses are about to... more »
  • Veterans & homeless are focus of upcoming H1N1 vaccine clinic

    March 2, 2010 12:48 PM

    Santa Barbara County health officials are focusing on the county's homeless and veterans at an upcoming H1N1 vaccine clinic. The clinic will take place during the regular Sunday meal for Santa Barbara's homeless provided by the Organic Soup Kitchen. That vaccine clinic takes place Sunday, March 4th from 7:30a.m.... more »
  • Swine flu vaccine available during National Influenza Vaccination Week

    January 11, 2010 12:39 PM

    Health officials are urging Americans to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus, as this week marks National Influenza Vaccination Week. The San Luis Obispo County Health Department is holding H1N1 vaccination clinics Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. at the following locations. Grover Beach Public... more »
  • Seventh swine flu death reported in Santa Barbara County

    December 31, 2009 4:31 PM

    A seventh person in Santa Barbara County is dead from H1N1, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. The most recent death occurred in November, but has now been classified as H1N1-related. All seven people who have died from the swine flu had underlying medical conditions. As... more »
  • World Health Organization Chief says swine flu pandemic continues

    December 29, 2009 11:52 AM

    GENEVA (AP) - The head of the World Health Organization says it is too early to declare that the swine flu pandemic has peaked worldwide. Dr. Margaret Chan says the outbreak of the H1N1 virus has peaked in the U.S., Canada and some other countries in the northern hemisphere. But... more »
  • H1N1 flu clinics open to everyone

    December 24, 2009 9:38 PM

    It's the season of sharing -- but Santa Barbara County health officials want to make sure you're *not sharing the H1N1 flu. They recently opened all vaccination clinics to everyone in the county. 'Tis the season to get vaccinated and Santa Barbara County health officials are encouraging everyone to... more »
  • Santa Barbara County Public Health announces permanent H1N1 clinic hours

    December 18, 2009 2:58 PM

    The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has announced permanent swine flu clinic hours. Folks can get vaccinated at the Lompoc Health Clinic at 925 North F Street on Mondays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. The Santa Maria Health Clinic, located at 2115 S. Centerpointe... more »
  • SLO County offers swine flu vaccine to general public

    December 15, 2009 2:00 PM

    Today and tomorrow, the San Luis Obispo County Health Department is offering the swine flu vaccine to anyone who wants it and no appointment is necessary. The county's previous clinics had been by appointment only and the vaccine was reserved for people in certain high risk groups. The county now... more »
  • Another swine flu related death reported in SB County

    December 11, 2009 2:22 PM

    Another Santa Barbara county resident died earlier this week after contracting swine flu. Deaths related to the virus in the county have now reached six. All six of the deaths occurred in individuals with underlying medical conditions, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. To date, 55 people... more »
  • More deaths related to H1N1 in Santa Barbara County

    December 4, 2009 5:56 PM

    H1N1 has claimed two more lives in Santa Barbara County, according to a new report released by the Santa Barbara County Health Department. That brings total deaths related to the swine flu to five in the county. As of November 30, seven more people there have been hospitalized... more »
  • Local swine flu clinics being held this weekend and next week

    December 4, 2009 2:01 PM

    Central Coast residents are encouraged to take advantage of free swine flu clinics this weekend and next week. Target groups have been expanded to everyone through the age of 24 and adults ages 25 to 64 with chronic medical conditions. Other high risk people include pregnant women, caregivers... more »
  • Additional swine flu vaccine clinics scheduled for Santa Barbara County

    November 20, 2009 5:19 PM

    Swine flu vaccinations for high-risk groups will be available at additional clinics in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has scheduled clinics for pregnant women, children 6 months through 18 years, parents of infants 0-6 months, and healthcare workers who have direct patient contact. People... more »
  • Additional swine flu doses available in SLO County

    November 20, 2009 4:48 PM

    Additional doses of the swine flu vaccine have arrived in San Luis Obispo County. The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is distributing approximately 18,000 doses next week. The vaccines will go to the county's ongoing school vaccination program, vaccination of emergency medical services personnel and additional clinics. ... more »
  • Vaccination clinic tomorrow in Lompoc

    November 18, 2009 1:30 PM

    The next batch of swine flu vaccines that the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department received is being handed out tomorrow, Thursday. The clinic will be held at the Lompoc Public Health Clinic, which is located at 301 North R Street. The shots will be given out from... more »
  • Swine Flu vaccine hard to come by in San Luis Obispo County

    November 16, 2009 9:55 PM

    As fears over swine flu continue to spread, so do concerns about where to get a vaccine. Many people in San Luis Obispo county say, they've searched everywhere but have had no luck finding it. Meantime, in Santa Barbara county, more than 5,000 people have received vaccinations. There, nearly half... more »

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