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New Hanover County prepares for flu season with forums

Flu season is just around the corner. The New Hanover County Health Department, and the county school system, teamed up Tuesday night at Eaton Elementary School for the first of three flu awareness forums. The health department handed out information about the flu shot. While flu season is not yet here, the vaccine is currently available at the health department, pharmacies and medical providers. Meanwhile, the H1N1 vaccine is currently not available. It will likely be out in mid to late October. At the meeting, health care specialists spread the word about how not to spread germs. “When you're sick - stay at home. Keep yourself separated from people you know to be ill or sick. And again just take care of your health. Eat healthy and get as much exercise as you can,” said Eric Ireland New Hanover County Deputy Health Director. And, of course, wash your hands after you cough or sneeze. The second flu forum is at Gregory Tuesday night. The final flu forum will be held at Anderson Elementary on the 29th. Both forums will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Can someone please tell me exaclty what UNCW is doing to stop the spread of the H1N1 virus I have seen other NC colleges taking steps to stop the spread but nothing on UNCW. If they aren't doing anything they are putting all of us in harms way.

It's Not As Bad As They Say

My son had flu like symptoms about 3 hours after I picked him up Friday (9-25-09) evening. When I asked him where he wanted to ride this out, he said my house, I really had no other choice as I wanted him comfortable. He had a fever for about 10 hours and it broke Saturday morning. I sent him home Sunday with a strict caution about staying home on Monday. Tuesday afternoon, I got a scratchy throat and left work immediately and went to my doctor. He said that H1N1 has been a mild strain of the flu and not to worry and it's the only flu running around Wilmington right now. My fever lasted about 4 hours. Wednesday (today), I stayed at home all day and feel much better. No stopped up head, no gastrointestinal stuff. I am going to stay home until next Monday. I've heard that I was contagious 4 days prior to the symptoms. Either try to get the shot next week or deal with it as no doubt it is here. Yesterday, my son's Mother went to work knowing she had it and they sent her home. Today, she was down at Little River on the Casino Boat! No doubt there are going to be some low class people who could care less whether you get it or not!