H1N1 is here, but health experts say not to panic

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A new case of H1N1 at a Lufkin pre-school is reminding us that the flu season is on its way and H1N1 is leading the way. Although health experts say H1N1 is here, they also say there's no need for panic, just yet.

As two-year-old Halle plays piano, she seems to be rapidly recovering from H1N1.

"Within 24 hours she was already feeling better and today she's doing great," said Halle's mother, Robyn DeVore.

A Letter was sent out to Halle's pre-school, informing parents a confirmed case of H1N1 was present. Health experts say not to panic.

"The cases are extremely mild," said Dr. George  many people don't even know that they have it."

Dr. George Fidone said Halle isn't the only one contracting H1N1. "At our clinics we're seeing probably around 10 to 15 cases of presumed swine flu each day,"he said.

Although the amount of cases has spiked, Fidone said many patients are echoing Halle's quick recovery. "The cases we've seen have been milder than even traditional seasonal flu."

Although children are more prone to H1N1, other pre-schools said they haven't had a problem.

"I'm not saying that we're not concerned because of course we're concerned by something like the flu, but no more concerned than what we were last year," said Debbie Denby, First United Methodist Church.

From a mother that has experienced H1N1 first hand, she said all you can do is disinfect and pay attention to your child's symptoms.

"I would tell parents not to panic," said DeVore. "The illness at least for my daughter was very, very mild."

Although Halle was sick for a couple of days, she seems to be doing quite well.

The Angelina County Health District said a vaccine for H1N1 should be ready towards the end of October.

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