July 24, 2024

OTTAWA — 15-year-old Luke Duval, a high school football player in Atkins, Ark., knows about H1N1 swine flu. After he caught it last year, it nearly killed him. He was placed in a medically-induced coma for two weeks on a respirator so his lungs could heal. He also spent a week in a rehabilitation facility, where he had to learn to walk, eat and drink again. As he told KOFO as part of a national campaign for flu vaccinations, you should get a flu vaccination this year. You’re risking not only yourself, you’re risking other people. Duval said he contracted H1N1 because another player got it and passed it to the entire football team when he used the water jug. Midge Ransom, Franklin County health director, said the H1N1 vaccine is included with this year’s flu vaccinations and should be safe and effective.
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