Health officials urge parents, kids to take precautions against H1N1

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CARTER COUNTY, OK -- As the H1N1 virus continues to spread, local health officials urge you to take the necessary precautions. First News has received several emails from concerned parents worried about the spread of swine flu in local schools.

The Carter County health department, which covers other surrounding counties, tells us there are no confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus in school-age children in the area, but parents and children alike still need to be careful.

"There have been reports from parents in the Tishomingo area that their children have been diagnosed with flu. We don't have any confirmation that it is the H1N1 officially from the health department," Mendy Spohn at the Carter County Health Department says.

Experts remind everyone to wash their hands regularly, and if you or your children are showing flu like symptoms stay home, visit your doctor, and don’t return to school or work until you have been fever-free for 24 hours.

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