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Bud's Beat

By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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To flu or not to flu. Aye! That’s the question. It’s the season and the reason to get your flu shots now! This season has a new twist to it. We are warned of the other flu factor. It is the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. It has spread worldwide. Health care givers are cautioning everyone to be vaccinated. Various centers and clinics are being set up to administer the vaccination and to make it convenient for people to get their shots. It is being advised that people of all ages be immunized for the two viruses: One for the annual flu and the second for the H1N1 flu virus. There are opposing views whether people should be mandated to receive the inoculation. At present there is no mandate in force, Experts on both sides of the issue are relying on the common sense of the communities to participate voluntarily. There is no secret that there is opposition from some select groups, especially religious, that object to being vaccinated. Health services have cautioned that if the HINI virus becomes epidemic that a mandate might be used. Locally the Colfax High and Bear River football game was canceled last week when several players came up with flu symptoms. Young people seem to be highly vulnerable to the swine flu. Those born after 1957 are believed to be the most susceptible. This doesn’t mean that others should let down their guard and skip getting shots. Swine flu is a new influenza virus causing severe illness and sometimes death. It was first detected here in the U.S. in early April of this year and is considered contagious. The media has been giving ample TV and print coverage to the problem. It could result in “overkill” and result in apathy by the people. Don’t fall into that category. The swine flu serum is being produced to meet the expected demand and is being distributed to schools and those involved in health care and emergency services. Remember to get your regular annual flu shot and then keep informed on the availability of the HIVI serum. Check the news and especially contact your doctor for his advice.