Valley prepares for the H1N1 vaccine

It is an issue that many health officials, schools, nursing homes, and even parents face today|how to protect our child from the H1N1 virus.

Our main focus is to make sure we educate everyone and they get the information they need, said Knapp TMs Medical Center Preparedness Officer, Jessie Colin.

Part of that education is to differentiate between Swine Flu and the H1N1 virus.

Some of the people remember when there was actually Swine Flu and people died because of it, said Alicia Rodriguez with Knapp Medical Center.

While the vaccination for H1N1 will be available in a few weeks|there are some people who are at the tope of the list to receive it.

According to the CDC those groups include pregnant women, school children and those with underlying health conditions.

We do want to give it to people who are considered healthy and taking care of young children or ill ones at home, said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said a big concern is that the virus is changing every day|.

She said scientists are worried that it might completely mutate into something brand new.

That is why people need to start protecting themselves now.

We all know that washing your hands and covering your cough are ways to steer clear of the flu|but here are some other tips to keep in mind.

Stay hydrated, get vaccinated (not just from H1N1 but also the seasonal flu), and stay healthy.