Unlucky 13… Hawaii just suffered it’s 13th death as a result of the Swine Flu. The Oahu man who died was 50-years old and healthy up until he came down with the flu. Luckily, Hawaii has not experience a wave of the flu so big that it has caused major panic. Still, it is possible that a second wave is still headed for Hawaii, and the most important thing is to protect yourself and your loved ones. Health is one of those things we take for granted, until we don’t have it, and then, suddenly, everything else has to take a back seat. So get vaccinated, especially if you fall into any of the following categories:
• Pregnant women;
• People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age;
• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel;
• Children and young adults 6 months through 24 years of age; and
• People 25 through 64 years of age who have medical conditions that place them at
high risk for complications from influenza.
One little shot is nothing in comparison to what you could be dealing with if you don’t seek the medical help that is readily available in Hawaii. By: Sierra Brown