10/08/09 204 W - + 14 - 12 Durham Firefighters Trim Flu Season Schedule

From today's News & Observer, the Durham Fire Department begins limiting non-essential public contact in November. Because of concerns about contracting swine flu, firefighters will stop attending community events. This includes school events. Such requests average about 40 per month. The department will continue to allow station tours, but require that visitors first wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer. Tours will be conducted outside the station only, and children will not be allowed inside the trucks, nor permitted to touch face masks or other personal protective equipment. The Chapel Hill Fire Department is taking similar precautions, the article notes. Durham firefighters will also be required to get flu shots. Read the entire article.

It's worth noting that similar precautions have been implemented by local health care providers. Restrictions have been announced at central North Carolina hospitals, as this WRAL story reported. Young people represent the highest risk for the H1N1 virus, and people under 18 years of age are no longer allowed to visit Duke University Hospital and WakeMed hospitals. At Rex hospitals, visitors must be over the age of 12. At Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, visitors must be over the age of 5. Etcetra, etcetra.

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