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H1N1 risk continues


Thought the risk of H1N1 had passed? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says think again.

The CDC has put a renewed focus on H1N1 activity in southeastern states after Georgia reported a dramatic increase in hospitalizations due to complications from flu. While North Carolina has not experienced a similar increase, state health officials say the virus is still circulating and considered a threat, especially to folks with chronic illnesses.

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H1N1 is nothing to mess around with

My dad has been hospitalized for over 3 months because of H1N1. He was in ICU over 2 months and on a ventilator and heavily sedated most of that time. He still has a trach and feeding tube, both of which had to be inserted while on the vent.

We were with many other families of ICU patients with H1N1 sitting day after day in the ICU waiting room for visiting hours. Duke seemed to have quite a few H1N1 patients in ICU, as I've heard UNC hospital did. Over the last 3 months, we saw many families who lost loved ones. We've been blessed that my dad is now in recovery mode, but know that a set back could easily change that.