Transcript for 6 Dead from Swine Flu in Houston
Turning to medical news. And a spike in flu levels in parts of the country. Health officials in the houston area are confirming six deaths from h1n1, commonly known as swine flu. Richard besser is here to explain all that. People hear those numbers and get concerned. It's coming. We're hearing from houston, six have died. There's more in hospitals that are critical ill. And it's not just houston. Look at this map. This is google flu trends. All of the states in orange, texas, louisiana, mississippi, alabama, georgia, they're having high levels of flu activity. Flu tends to start in the south and spreads from there. People are hitting the airports, and families are traveling. What can we do to protect ourselves? The flu vaccine contains the strain. You want to get vaccinated. It's not too soon to do that. If you're sick, you want to stay home. If you have a cough, you want to cover the cough. There's nothing worse than sitting next to someone who is coughing on you. You might want to go with fist pumps rather than hand shakes. Who is at risk? You get vaccinated to protect yourself. Pregnant women, those people with chronic illnesses. The very young, the very old. Those people would have a severe disease. Wash those hands. All the time. Thanks so much, rich. Good to see you.
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