Letters to the Editor

H1N1 facts

October 9, 2009


To the editor:

As part of our joint responsibility to promote the health of our community, this letter is meant to inform you of efforts under way to reduce the incidence of H1N1 influenza within our community. First however, here are a few facts about the disease:

The H1N1 flu virus and the seasonal flu virus are separate strains of influenza; you can be exposed to both strains of the virus during the flu season.

Since the H1N1 flu virus spreads just like the seasonal flu, the advice to cover your cough and wash your hands remains good advice.

The disease affects some individuals more severely than others, particularly the young and certain individuals with health problems that put them at high risk for the complications of influenza.

If you get the flu, we encourage you to stay home from work until you have been free of fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

A seasonal flu vaccine is available now at multiple locations in the Lawrence-Douglas County area. Supplies of H1N1 vaccine are anticipated to begin arriving in October and to continue until the demand for the vaccine has been met. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and its community partners are preparing for vaccination clinics aimed initially at those of us most at risk.

Please be patient and get vaccinated at the appropriate time. We expect to have enough vaccine for all who wish to receive it. Information on the location and time for clinics will be posted on the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's Web site at www.ldchealth.org.


Richard Heckler 8 years, 6 months ago

Also don't forget to add more warm soups, fruits and veggies to your diets plus whole food multi-vitamins daily. This is especially important for those who are in contact or around a lot of people such as a job situation.

Sleep and exercise will help bolster the immune systems as well. Drink a lot of water.

Brent Garner 8 years, 6 months ago

H1N1--the threat that isn't! Have you noticed how this thing seems to have lost its lethality since its outbreak in Mexico? As for the hysteria about getting everyone vaccinated. Not happening to me! Haven't had a flu shot since I came off mobility status in the military in 1988. Interestingly enough have not had the flu since then either. Coincidence? I don't think so!

gr 8 years, 6 months ago

Also, don't forget to avoid those who have been vaccinated as they very well may spread the the flu to you. Of course, their symptoms could be the result of their reactions to "adjuvants" used to create an immune response. It appears that when injecting toxic foreign substances into someone's body doesn't create a big enough reaction, they use adjuvants to see if that will create a reaction. Science's dirty little secret. When "dirt" helps generates a response.

'Hey, he's not adversely affected. Let's try this.'

avoice 8 years, 6 months ago

We'll all get swine flue when pigs fly

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