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Texas Prepares for Outbreak

Posted on · State health and emergency management officials co-host a series of regional conferences to discuss the outbreak of the H1N1 flu. One conference was held in the Houston area. Attendees discussed the three aspects of responding to the pandemic: preparedness, planning and purpose. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Closing Swine Flu Hit Schools

Posted on · With the potential for a major outbreak of swine flu in the months ahead school districts may have to decide if they should stay open or shut down. Rod Rice reports that HISD says the guidelines for closing have changed this year.

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Houstonians Help Test Swine Flu Vaccine

Posted on · Clinical trials for swine flu vaccine are under way here in Houston. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have already started testing a vaccine in adults and are about to begin pediatric clinical trials. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Houston Tests Swine Flu Vaccine

Posted on · Houston is selected as one of eight cities to test out a vaccine for the so-called swine flu. The H1N1 clinical trials will be conducted at Baylor College of Medicine. The goal is to get a useable vaccine into the hands of doctors by the time flu season is in full swing. Laurie Johnson reports.

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Number of U.S. Swine Flu Cases Rises

Posted on · The number of swine flu cases and deaths in the United States continues to go up. The CDC announced today the number of U.S. deaths from the illness nearly doubled over the past week. As Laurie Johnson reports — health officials say people still need to be cautious about the spread of the illness.

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Travis Elementary Closed Until Summer School

Posted on · The state and city health departments have requested that Travis Elementary remain closed for a period up to ten more days — so it will not re-open on Tuesday. School officials anticipate re-opening for summer school in June.

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Losing Weeks of Learning

Posted on · The end of the school year isn't here yet, but thousands of children remain out of the classroom because of the swine flu risks on their campuses. And that means they either get shortchanged on teaching this year or get stuck in school into the summer. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Swine Flu Coverage: Too Much or Not Enough?

Posted on · For most of this week, the Swine Flu has dominated both the national and local media. Is it getting too much attention or is all the coverage justified? At a news conference today, Houston Congressman Al Green said one thing he doesn't want is for people to panic. Bill Stamps has more.

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Swine Flu Hits HISD

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District has closed three schools after one confirmed case and two suspected cases of swine flu were reported on the campuses. Harvard and Lyons Elementary and Hamilton Middle school are closed until further notice on the recommendation of the City of Houston Health Department. Laurie Johnson reports.

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Houston Records First Swine Flu Death in U.S.

Posted on · Local health officials say they expect more confirmed cases of swine flu in the next few days after a young boy from Mexico became the first confirmed death related to the virus here in Houston. As Pat Hernandez reports, more samples from suspected cases of swine flu are being sent to the centers for disease control for testing.

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Keeping Swine Flu in Perspective

Posted on · Health officials continue to monitor the outlook on swine flu and its spread between humans. But as Laurie Johnson reports, some experts say the potential impact of swine flu may not be much worse than your typical flu outbreak.