H1N1 claims two lives in Odessa

Friday, January 3, 2014
By Paul Martin

BY LINDSAY WEAVER
OAOA.com
Friday, January 3, 2014

After two people in Odessa died this week since being infected with the H1N1 flu, local doctors and health officials are urging people to protect themselves with a flu vaccine.

Everyone needs to practice basic prevention what it comes to the flu, Amanda Robison-Chadwell, the Ector County Health Department public health emergency preparedness manager and epidemiologist, said. Those preventive measures include covering your mouth when you cough, staying home from work and errands when you’re ill and washing your hands.

“H1N1 is just another strain of flu but H1N1 is attacking people a bit younger than we’re used to,” Robison-Chadwell said. “It’s a pretty nasty virus.”

And the longer people waited this fall to get the flu vaccination, the scarcer it became, Robison-Chadwell said. While it’s not too late to get the vaccine it’s certainly recommended to receive it earlier in the flu season, she said.

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