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First Madison County H1N1 cases confirmed at Caz elementary school

"Teach your children to keep their hands away from their face and avoid touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

"Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of their elbow. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve--not your hands!

"Help your children to learn these healthy habits by setting a good example and always

doing them yourself."

A 2009 Center for Disease Control study estimated 36,171 flu-related deaths per year in the United States. By comparison, the H1N1 virus has caused only 17 deaths in the United States since it was first confirmed in the United States on April 15.

A report on the CDC website is cautious about the upcoming flu season, but says recovery so far has been common.

"At this time, most people who have become ill with novel H1N1 in the United States have recovered without requiring medical treatment and have experienced typical flu symptoms," the report states.

For more information, visit cdc.gov or call (800) 232-6348.

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