Washington County H1N1 Discussion

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Health officials in Washington County are addressing concerns about the H1N1 virus.

Washington County and Marietta health commissioners held a press conference Thursday morning to provide updates on local swine flu cases and vaccinations.

They say there are reported cases in every school district, but only three or four confirmed cases in the county.

Health officials are encouraging folks to get the H1N1 vaccination when it's available.

"Even though your child may have been sick with an influenza like illness, you should still consider the vaccine for that child because it may or may not have been H1N1," Kathleen Meckstroth, Washington Co. Health Commissioner, said.

Meckstroth says they've ordered large amounts of the H1N1 vaccine and will inform the public as soon as it's available.


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  • by dh Location: parkersburg on Oct 16, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    This flu hasn't killed someone you know so you don't think it is a big deal.But it is a big deal. And Ann has it right. You don't get vaccinated just to protect yourself, but also to protect all those whom you may come in contact with. Type A IS SWINE FLU according to the CDC site. Pregnant women especially need to be vaccinated ASAP! The risk of death to mother and child should be motivation enough to get vaccinated! This flu kills healthy pregnant women.
  • by Ann Location: Parkersburg on Oct 16, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    I used to think that way, but since my husband was diagnosed with cancer and is immune-compromised, it has become a huge risk if he comes down with flu. I get the vaccine now because I don't want to be responsible for transmitting flu to someone who could die from it. You don't just get flu vaccine to protect yourself; you get it to protect those who could die or have severe complications from getting it from you. There are people dying from H1N1 who do not have chronic conditions, too. Do your research; you will find the risk from vaccine to be miniscule.
  • by Jim Location: Parkersburg on Oct 16, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    wash your hands, couch into your elbow and WAIT for the vaccine to come......if just saved you all time from having to listen to it by going to any "meetings" about swine flu. Thats all you'll get and all they have to offer.
  • by Lenora Location: Belpre on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:46 PM
    I think it's ridiculous that the government is taking so long in getting the vaccine available. A lot more people already have it then most people think. Just go to any pharmacy and try to get Tamiflu or albuterol, both of which is being prescribed for the flu. Everywhere they are sold out and they don't know when they can get more. A lot more of the H1N1 vaccines need to be available more quickly to a lot more people.
  • by Stonewall on Oct 15, 2009 at 10:57 PM
    I agree with Jay!
  • by unknown Location: Parkersburg on Oct 15, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    I would like to know why they stopped testing for the H1N1 virus. I took my son to get tested when he was sick, but the only thing they tested him for was Influenza A and B. He did test positive for A and I was told he probably had the swine and that was that. I assumed, which I should never assume, that the H1N1 test was went away. Apparently, they don't want people to know who has it and who doesn't. They just want you to get the vaccine.
  • by Jay on Oct 15, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    please people, don't go and get the vaccine just because someone tells you too. Do the research!!! The press is way over hyping this flu! The goverment wants you to have a big scare, in my opinion to cover over some of the stuff going on in this country. There were many more people that died last year and the year before from the "regular" flu, and no one was this concerned before. The people that are dying ususally have an underlying problem or they wait too long to go to the doctor. Get the facts first. AND look at the possible side effects. One good place to see just what it can do is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8riAeGh48U And don't tell me every "rare" case get reported.
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