Updated: 7:10 PM Health officials are encouraging everyone to protect themselves from influenza by getting the flu vaccine.
To learn more about the vaccine, learn the truth about flu myths, or find an upcoming clinic near you visit the El Paso County Health Department's website: http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org
Below is a link to the Center for Disease Control and Preventions website with information about the flu vaccine recommendations. When you scroll down to the second page it addresses Influenza Vaccination of Persons with a History of Egg Allergy.
Also, below in this email is a chart to guide individuals with egg allergies (slight and severe) on getting the influenza vaccine
FDA Approves Egg-Free Flu Vaccine for Adults
The FDA has approved a new influenza vaccine (marketed as Flucelvax) for adults 18 and older. Flucelvax is the first in the U.S. to be produced using cultured mammalian cells instead of fertilized chicken eggs, and according to the manufacturer, can be made much more quickly than traditional influenza vaccines, which can take months.
In a randomized study of adults aged 18 to 49, Flucelvax was 83.8% effective in preventing influenza compared with placebo. In adults 49 and older, Flucelvax was comparable to the egg-based vaccine Agriflu. Side effects were similar to those seen with other flu vaccines and included fatigue, headache, and pain at the injection site.
Posted: 11:20 AM There will be a flu shot clinic December 18th in Pueblo West. Parkview Medical Center is hosting the clinic.
It will be at the Pueblo West ER on 899 E. Industrial Blvd. Vaccines will be available for for everyone 18 years or older between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $20.
For more information, call 584-7319.
Posted: 9:28 PM A medical benefit fund has been set up for two and a half year old Trystin Olive who was severely burned during an explosion at his dad's house in Colorado Springs.
The family is asking for prayers and any support the community can offer during this hard time.
To learn more or to donate visit: http://www.gofundme.com/TRYSTIN
Posted: 1:27 PM Meet Spotlight! This 4-month-old kitten is looking for a forever home. Can it be yours?
Watch this video below and see if this adorable ball of fur doesn't melt your heart!
PET OF THE WEEK: Spotlight
Posted: 7:35 PM Public Health Officials in Pueblo announced the first hospitalized case of influenza in Pueblo County. The first hospitalized flu case is a middle-aged adult female.County Public Health recommends everyone over six months of age receive a flu shot, especially people who are at high risk of developing flu-related complications or live with or care for people at high risk. Vaccination against flu helps protect yourself and the most vulnerable people in the community (such as newborns, pregnant women, the elderly, and those going through chemotherapy). Some children younger than nine years of age will need two doses, check with your provider.
Posted: 6:16 PM The Colorado Safe Haven Law allows a parent to hand over and infant, up to 72 hours old, to an employee at any Fire Station or Hospital, with absolutely NO QUESTIONS ASKED. So long as the baby is unharmed, the parent will not be prosecuted for abandonment.
The law was passed in the year 2000. In Colorado, 35 babies have been safely relinquished since the inception of the law.
Posted: 3:30 PM Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record.
•The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray.
•Get your flu shot or spray as soon as the vaccine is available in your area.
Updated: 9:49 PM Make a difference in a Southern Colorado child's life this Christmas Season. The KKTV 11 News Toy Drive run from Dec. 3 - Dec. 14. You can donate new toys at any Southern Colorado Walmart.
Posted: 9:52 PM Neto Juanito White, 9 years old, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO.
A Funeral Service will be held on Dec 1st, 2012 at 11am with a Visitation one hour prior to the Service with the Burial following. All will be held at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery. In lieu of flowers toys may be donated to Neto's Siblings. Please visit www.memorialgardensfuneralhome.com to leave your condolences.
Posted: 8:32 PM Leondro Carbajal is the 17-year-old who was killed in a crash in Colorado Springs earlier this week, along with a 9-year-old boy. They died when an SUV slammed into them as they were helping push a van off the street at Pikes Peak and Parkside. The teen's family tells us if you'd like to help with funeral expenses- you can donate to the Leondro X. Carbajal Fund at any ENT Federal Credit Union location. They also gave us information about plans for his funeral services next week in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A rosary will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at Wiederspahn Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Posted: 5:20 PM If you believe you're a victim of the Colorado Springs repair shop, Springs Transmissions and Automotive owned by Greg Ehnes you can file a complaint with the Colorado Attorney General's office.
The Attorney General will seek to get restitution for victims.
Call the Colorado Attorney General hotline at 1-800-222-4444 or fill out a complaint online.
Posted: 9:25 AM A state ban on electronic waste in landfills goes into effect in 2013 and means that resident electronics can no longer be thrown away (it's already illegal for businesses to throw away e-waste). Learn how this bill will create jobs, where you can recycle electronics in Colorado Springs, what to look for in an e-recycling firm and how to protect yourself against identity theft. Drew Johnson, with Colorado Springs-based Blue Star Recyclers, will share Blue Star's award-winning non-profit program, which employs members of our local disAbled community.
The lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12: 49 p.m., at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada, in Suite 102. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation.