Fulton County teen tests positive for H1N1

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

FULTON COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - A Fulton County teen tested positive for H1N1 last week. The person was hospitalized, but is now back home after recovering from the virus.

Several other Fulton residents with the flu have been hospitalized. They have been tested for H1N1, but all results have come back negative.

Media release from Fulton County Health Dept.


A young adult Fulton County resident tested positive for H1N1 influenza in the past week. This person was hospitalized but has since recovered and returned home. Several other county residents who have been hospitalized with influenza have also had tests sent to the Ohio Department of Health laboratory but all have been negative for H1N1. As we have known since spring of this year, both seasonal and H1N1 pandemic influenza are present in our area and we should be taking precautions to guard the health of ourselves and our loved ones.

The cornerstone for seasonal flu prevention is vaccination. Seasonal flu vaccine is readily available now. Check with your family physician, your family pharmacy and the Fulton County Health Dept. website www.fultoncountyhealthdept.com for times and locations of walk-in clinics.

Symptoms of the flu include: fever of 100 degrees or higher, dry cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, tiredness and respiratory congestion. If you think you or a family member has the flu, contact your health care provider. Seek immediate help for difficult breathing.

Good hygiene habits to help avoid the flu are: Washing your hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available, coughing into your sleeve or if you use a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands. If you are sick, stay at home while you are ill and consult your physician or nurse practitioner for advice.

In the coming weeks, the Health Department will begin to receive vaccine for H1N1 pandemic influenza. The first doses will be in the form of nasal Flumist and will target healthcare and EMS personnel. When vaccine arrives for shots the initial target groups will include along with healthcare and EMS workers: pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of children under 6 months of age, children and young adults 6 months through 24 years, and persons 25-64 with underlying health problems such as diabetes, asthma and lung disease, heart disease, and disorders of the immune system. Eventually there will be enough of this vaccine for all but initially we will need to serve the groups most affected by this new virus.

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