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H1N1 and the Seasonal Flu

posted Oct 22, 2009, 11:42 PM by Coach Higgins   [ updated Oct 23, 2009, 12:30 AM ]
There have been many cases of both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 strain in our school.  There have also been a few cases within our own football program.  This is certainly not a surprise as both strains of flu are everywhere around us in the community.
Considering that it would take an exceptional degree of vigilance (and luck) to avoid contracting any flu, I strongly encourage all members of our program to get BOTH flu shots- one for the seasonal flu, one for H1N1.  Of course, if you have already experienced either of these strains, then you do not need the vaccination for the strain you had.  But you could still contract the other strain.
Seasonal Flu vaccinations are generally available and recommended for everyone. H1N1 vaccinations are recommended for anyone between the ages of 6 months and 24 years of age (that includes all of our players!). 
If you have health insurance, you should contact your doctor to receive your vaccinations.  Alternatively, there will be H1N1 vaccination clinics starting this Saturday, October 24th. 
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While the time and money it takes to get these vaccinations may seem inconvenient, that inconvenience seems neglible when compared to 5+ days of severe physical discomfort and the toll it could take on our team!
In the meantime, wash your hands often (especially before you eat) and never touch your eyes, mouth, or nose until you have washed your hands!!!