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Viewpoint: H1-N1 requires vigilance

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H1-N1 Hospitalization rates continue to be the highest in children, specifically between infancy and the age of four.

So we are relieved to see South Georgia parents getting the H1-N1 vaccine for their children. While reluctant to get the nasal mist version of the vaccine, parents lined up to get the shots for their kids.

District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant says "children are far more likely to catch this disease, so therefore they are more likely to be hospitalized or to die from it."

Since the first outbreak of H1-N1 in April, approximately 130 children have died from H1-N1. So it's up to parents and all of us to do all we can to protect our little ones.

It's also a good time for all of us to remember to practice good hygiene and isolate ourselves from others when we are sick.

Our efforts, combined with those of health workers, can go a long way in lessening the effects of the H1-N1 virus.

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