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WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Fighting the flu

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

His teacher described him as an "awesome, awesome child." The eighth grader's football coach cried when he told the team about his death. His classmates remember his cheerfulness and the fact that he was a straight A student. Michael Howse died this week, becoming the MidSouth's first fatality this flu season.

In life, Michael's fellow students described him as someone who was willing to lend a hand, and in a sense, he can help us all now. In a stark way, his death puts all of us on notice that we need to take appropriate precautions against the H1N1 flu.

Most of these are fairly simple. Wash your hands frequently. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose or mouth. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you are sick, stay home. Don't go back to work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

For parents, these steps should be easy to remember. That's because, so far, this H1N1 flu has been more likely to target those under that age of 25.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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