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Wing preempts H1N1 virus with vaccination and prevention

GOWEN FIELD, Boise, Idaho -- The 124th Fighter Wing members are scheduled to receive the H1N1 flu vaccinations as early as November drill in addition to the regular flu vaccine currently available at the base clinic here.

"Our goal is to have all members of the wing vaccinated before Dec. 1," said Capt. Gregory Jones, 124th Medical Group administrative officer.

The medical group is scheduled to receive H1N1 Vaccine in late October so it will be ready to administer at November drill. At that time the medical group personnel plan to form shot lines within each squadron to administer the vaccines, said Jones.

Any individuals with any flu-like symptoms are strongly encouraged to take all possible measures to prevent co-workers from being exposed, even if it means taking a sick day.

"It is important to recognize that each member's actions can impact the wing's ability to train, fly, and work. The risk of introducing a virus with the potential to spread quickly far outweighs the work to be done," said Col. William Richy, 124th Fighter Wing Vice Commander.

The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Diarrhea and vomiting have also been reported. Severe illnesses and death have occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus as reported by the Center for Disease Control.

Spread of 2009 H1N1 virus is thought to occur in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing.

Take everyday actions to stay healthy from the CDC:
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
· Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
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Related links:
Centers for Disease Control 
H1N1 Flu -- What you should know