MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. -- Marshall County is now one of several counties that have been hit by the H1N1 Influenza virus. Health officials are saying residents shouldn't be alarmed, but should still take precautions. Daniel Armbruster has the story.
The Marshall County Health Department says a teenage boy came down with the virus while away at summer camp. They are not releasing his identity because he is a minor, but they do say he did not have to be hospitalized and now everything is fine.
There's been widespread concern worldwide about the H1N1 Influenza virus or Swine Flu. The World Health Organization is calling it a pandemic. According to the CDC, the virus is spreading locally in Texas and sporadically in Oklahoma.
Earlier this month, a Marshall County teenager contracted the virus. Health officials with the Marshall County Health Department say residents shouldn't worry.
"It was pretty well contained. The doctors did their job and I think everything was done just exactly like it should've been done."
The boy was treated by his private physician. Martha Hagood with the Marshall County Health Department says residents need to practice good preventive measures such as washing your hands.
"That should be a common practice. People need to learn to wash their hands thoroughly," she says.
Hagood says if you cough, don't do it in your hand.
"They need to learn to cover their cough if they don't have a tissue handy. Don't cough into your hands. Cough into your sleeve to make sure that you're not spreading it other places."
Hagood says soon Marshall County residents will be able to take advantage of H1N1 vaccines.
"You'll get one shot and then 30 days later you'll get another," she says.
Hagood says the H1N1 vaccine will not replace the seasonal flu vaccine, and it will be given to high risk people such as the elderly and rescue workers first.
Still no word on when the H1N1 vaccine will be available. Hagood says they are hoping it will be here before the fall. The World Health Organization says it will be another 3 months at the earliest.
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