FDA approval just in time as Swine Flu spreads rapidly through schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/15/09

FDA approval just in time as Swine Flu spreads rapidly through schools

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - FDA approval of the H1N1 vaccine has come just in time as the Swine Flu appears to be spreading rapidly through schools.  In fact, officials at UMC estimate Lubbock County has already seen more than 100 cases of people with flu like symptoms, and since it's too early in the year for the seasonal flu, they say we can assume this is probably Swine Flu. 

Health officials warn no flu is to be taken lightly and every year in Texas there are 36,000 deaths and about 100,000 hospitalizations from the seasonal flu.  It's important to get protection against both strains of flu and the Lubbock Health Department opened its first flu clinic Tuesday.

"If you have the bird flu you come in for a tweetment.  If you have swine flu you're going to come in for an oinkment," said Guy Goen, who received a flu shot.

Also, health officials are warning if you don't have an emergency, you should stay away from the emergency room.  Most flu like symptoms are better treated with chicken soup and plenty of rest at home.

"There's going to be a lot of sick people in the emergency room, and if you don't have the flu you may end up with it by the time you get to the emergency department, so call your family doctor first," said Dr. Luke Hinshaw, a physician.

Remember frequent hand washing is your best protection, along with flu shots for the seasonal and the Swine Flu.  For information on clinic times at the Lubbock Health Department, call (806) 775-2914. Walgreens is also providing seasonal flu shots.

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