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Holiday travel creates increased risk of spreading H1N1

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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Health officials are concerned a third wave of the H1N1 virus will strike in January when people return from Christmas break.

With so many people traveling across the country this holiday season, this pandemic will likely spread even more, just as the regular flu season hits.

Twenty-five-year-old Leslie Kammer has not received the H1N1 vaccine. “I hadn’t thought about it before, and I don’t really have any concerns, though I don’t think my family has been vaccinated either.”

Kammer’s family is flying in from Ohio for the holidays. Right now, the southeast is heavily affected by H1N1, but some other parts of the country haven’t seen as many cases.

After the holidays, health officials expect a spike in swine flu because travelers will likely be exposed to the virus and bring it home with them. Officials say the best way to stop this kind of outbreak is to get as many people vaccinated as possible; they’re calling it “herd immunity”.

“People my age, I asked them if they’ve gotten their shot, and they say no, they don’t have to get it because they’re not at risk,” said Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey. “And that’s a common misunderstanding. We had those groups that were target groups, people with chronic illnesses, young people because they were showing more response to this virus, but old people also are at risk, because we have those confounding illnesses that they expect to find, asthmas, diabetes, heart conditions, and if you get this virus with those conditions, you are at great risk of becoming terribly, terribly ill.”

As of Monday, the Brunswick County Health Department opened up the H1N1 vaccine to the general public. Everyone older than six months is encouraged to get vaccinated.

Yousey said, “If you haven’t had the shot, you need to get it.”

“I hadn’t planned on getting vaccinated, I guess I’m one of those people who thinks it won’t happen to me, but maybe it’s something I should be concerned about,” Kammer said.

By Thursday, all Brunswick County schools will have been offered the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines.

If you would like to make an appointment, call 253-2344 and a nurse will call you back to help you choose the best vaccine for you, because there are a variety of types.

People in other counties should check with their respective health departments.

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videoHealth officials are concerned a third wave of the H1N1 virus will strike in January when people return from Christmas break.

With so many people traveling across the country this holiday season, this pandemic will likely spread even more, just as the regular flu season hits.

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Man arrested again for allegedly watching child porn on hotel computer

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

WILMINGTON |Wilmington Police Department officers investigated a report of sexual exploitation of a minor Monday night at the Comfort Inn, 151 S. College Road.

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Woman, 88, found dead in house; officials believe she died in spring

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon were investigating the death of an 88-year-old woman who might have passed away in the spring of this year.

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Woman foils attempted robbery by driving away

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

WILMINGTON | A woman reported that a man attempted to rob her at 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of N. Fourth St., according to a news release from the Wilmington Police Department.The woman said a man approached her car door as if he knew her. Then he put a handgun to her head and demanded her purse, the release said.

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Ogden’s singing bell ringer

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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Trey Forsyth could ring his bell the old fashioned way, but he is a rookie bell ringer, so to speak, so he goes the extra mile with a soothing array of Christmas songs.

He grew up in Wilmington. He graduated from Laney. He said for the last 15 years he has been traveling the world singing on streets from Alaska to Africa. Trey was homeless when he moved back to the Port City two months ago. That changed just recently.

“I have lights, power and a blow up bed now,” Trey said.

His tenure with the Salvation Army has been just that, a salvation. “I’ve been spreading the Christmas joy and the holiday cheer. Getting presents for little boys and girls who otherwise wouldn’t have anything. Feeding the hungry. What could be better?”

Big Lots shopper, Kathy Rani said, “I think he’s fabulous. He has the spirit and we’re good to go with him there.”

There’s no way to know for sure, but Trey is convinced his singing makes a difference when it comes to the money that goes in the red kettle.

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videoTrey Forsyth stands outside the Big Lots store in Ogden 6 days a week, singing, in order to raise money for the Salvation Army. His voice caught the attention of WWAY’s John Rendleman.

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