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Web offers many H1N1 resources

October 23, 2009 - Art Smith

The fear of the H1N1 flu seemed to reach a new level this week. A lot more people seem to be getting sick and the people who are not sick seem to be very worried that they will be shortly.

This was illustrated all too well Friday when hundreds stood in line in downtown Parkersburg to get the vaccine. The line started on Market Street, went down Sixth Street, through the parking garage to Juliana Street and then turned again and head towards the Smoot Theater.

Hundreds of families stood inline hoping to get a shot or nose spray. Except for those in the parking garage people stood and waited in what was a miserable, wet afternoon.

How many were in line? Watch the video above and you will get an idea.

What should you do to not get sick?

The best thing you can do is take precautions and be informed.

The Center for Disease Control ( is a great place to start. Their site offers a ton of tips on staying well and what to do if you do get sick. is another great resource. The site offers links to state resources, news briefings, as well as a very informative Myth and Facts section. The site also has a Flue Self-Evaluation site to help you determine if you really have the flu or not.

WebMD is a great health site in general and includes a section on the current flu outbreaks.

All sites, as well as your family doctor will tell you to do a few basic things to help you to stay well and keep others well if you are sick.

—    Wash your hands frequently.
—    Stay home if you are sick.
—    Cough into your elbow.
—    Watch what you touch.


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