Saturday, September 5, 2009

This Flu Season

It is so funny - I wrote about us Filipinos heralding Christmas by the first of September. The weather starts getting cooler in the Philippines then. Well, guess what. It did over here, too. NC weather is so dreamy now. And I have started imagining the leaves turning into a mass of colors. Autumn is my favorite season of all, it is so pretty. But alas, autumn, too, brings with it a host of respiratory diseases. Many cold viruses thrive in low humidity, not the least of them H1N1.

Well, today, I received a letter from the county of Durham Health Department, and it goes thus:

Dear Licensed Nurse in Durham County:

Your name was made available to our health department by the NC Board of Nursing. We requested the information to assist us in developing a list of currently licensed county residents that will be available to help with a mass H1N1 immunization effort. Names of nurses were also provided to other health departments across the state.

At this time, it is projected that the H1N1 vaccine will be available between October 15, 2009 and January 31, 2010. As a community, we plan to inoculate up to 60,000 residents (depending on the guidelines), and we expect each person to require two vaccinations. It is during this time period that we will need many volunteers to help us staff mass immunization clinics.

If you are willing to volunteer, please fill out the enclosed survey and return it in to us. The survey can be folded and stamped for mailing. There will be no payment for your service, just a 'thank you' from many grateful citizens.

Sincerely.

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My friends, I encourage everyone to please have yourselves be vaccinated against H1N1 and the seasonal flu. They are different from each other, but are equally hazardous. Always wash your hands, and avoid touching your mucous membranes. Stock up on juices. Air out your house as often as possible. Keep warm.

11 comments:

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Great reminder!
Have a wonderful weekend dear...nurses are the best!
~Blessings*

cherie said...

thank you, lenore! i see i will be very busy this fall!!

Icy BC said...

I didn't know we are required to get H1N1 vaccine, so thank you for the head-up!

Ebie said...

I know the great Nurse Cherie has already confirmed! Oh, I love the fall season, and I could imagine the kids playing in a heap full of colored leaves in the backyard! Have a great a safe weekend! It is still hot here!
My main blog is here.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Thanks Cherie. The flu is nothing to mess around with.... This year, the warnings are all over the place---warning us of this H1N1 bug...

Hope the vaccine is available before too many people get sick.

Hugs,
Betsy

Whitemist said...

Of course you know the real problem is this one hits the young and healthy hardest. We who may not be so healthy have less to fear - Stats for one city in May 56 cases of H1N1 influenza A novel , average age - 25.
Scary.

betchai said...

thanks for the reminder Che. we all need to be careful.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

I've only gotten the flu shot once, and I got so sick that I avoid it. I've only had the flu a few times and it was the 24 hour variety.

Your an angel to care for people like you do. Take care & God bless.

cherie said...

My dear friends,

I've never had the flu shot, to tell you the truth, but I'm not messing around with it this year - I'll have both. Thank you for the info, Sir W. God bless us all!

My biggest thanks to all,
Cherie

ladyviral said...

Ha... I have been having the flu... been trying to avoid it badly.. need a flu shot next week. That reminds me, need to call the doctor to see if he is in tomorrow. :)

cherie said...

yeah, it's best to be healthy, LV. good luck with the doctor!

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