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  • H1N1 flu questions? Ask them on the Internet

  • Questions about the H1N1 flu? Sign on to mailtribune.com at noon Thursday and ask them of an authority: county medical officer Dr. Jim Shames.
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  • Questions about the H1N1 flu? Sign on to mailtribune.com at noon Thursday and ask them of an authority: county medical officer Dr. Jim Shames.
    Shames will answer Mail Tribune readers' questions about the bug, also known as the swine flu, from noon to 1 p.m. Take part at www.mailtribune.com/swineflu.
    You can head to the site now to sign up for an e-mailed reminder about the session or just visit during the noon hour Thursday. Ask questions online during the session or submit them in advance to jwurth@mailtribune.com, and we'll do our best to get them answered during the hour Shames will be available.
    The health department and the Southern Oregon Education Service District have been tracking flu symptoms at schools each week as part of their effort to monitor the spread of the new flu strain. The numbers took a more serious tone this week after Prospect School officials announced Monday that they would close school for the week after more than 30 percent of students and teachers reported flu symptoms.
    It is unclear whether the flu cases are the H1N1, but that is the likelihood considering the fast spread and early arrival of the cases, officials have said. Flu season typically doesn't begin until late fall or early winter.
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