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The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. According to the legislation HB573, it would allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, positive status forMore >>
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state.More >>
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The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.FOX44 and ABC22 reporter Michael Page says they haven't found anythingMore >>
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.More >>
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The annual Spring Move Out Project in Burlington Thursday. The project allows you to get rid of unwanted, but still usable household goods. You can bring clothes, books, furniture, household items, andMore >>
The annual Spring Move Out Project is being held in Burlington Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:40:21 GMT
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone. According to AAA, more than 30 million Americans will be on the roadways. On average, they'll also be driving at least 50 miles forMore >>
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:31 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:31:51 GMT
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. The company is donating $200,000 to 50 shelters and that's where you come in. A quickMore >>
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:54:39 GMT
Two sides of the law are working together in order to keep the peace at the border. Vermont State Police an Quebec's Provincial Police met to address the challenges of policing at the border in a specialMore >>
Two sides of the law are working together in order to keep the peace at the border.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:13 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:13:33 GMT
New details in an officer involved shooting that happened in Danville, Vt. last year.In September, 36-year-old William Mahoney was shot by a state trooper. This after police say he stole a vehicle andMore >>
New details in an officer involved shooting that happened in Danville, Vt. last year.More >>
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The Colchester Police Department is responding to a sink hole in the area of East Road near the intersection of Austin House Road. Police say the sink hole has closed down one lane of travel.Police areMore >>
The Colchester Police Department is responding to a sink hole in the area of East Road near the intersection of Austin House Road.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:56:44 GMT
Nearly two years ago, Deborah Drewniak's family wasn't sure if she would be around after being severely injured in a texting and driving accident. Instead of focusing on herself, Drewniak wants to helpMore >>
A Vermont woman seriously injured by a teen, who was texting and driving, is trying to share her story with as many people as she can.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:50:08 GMT
Magic Hat has filed a lawsuit against West Sixth Brewing because of its labeling. The Vermont based company says its copyrighted #9 label looks a lot like the Kentucky based company's products. MagicMore >>
Magic Hat has filed a lawsuit against West Sixth Brewing because of its labeling.More >>
BERLIN, Vt. -
ABC22/FOX44 want to keep you healthy. We've been tracking the flu for you for weeks now.
In our area we've seen high numbers of the seasonal illness and since October, the Vermont Department of Health says three adults have died from the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control says 41 states already have widespread flu activity.
Just an example of hard hit areas, Boston, Massachusetts reporting about 700 confirmed cases and even 18 deaths.
Those numbers, prompting Boston officials to declare a public health emergency.
And closer to home, it's not quite as bad in Vermont and we want to keep it that way.
I went to the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin to find out when you should stay home from work, when you should see a doctor, and what you can do shorten your illness because this strain is highly contagious.
"The cough, the cold, the headache, the achiness, the fever," The CVMC Vice President of Medical Affairs Philip Brown said.
If you have any flu-like symptoms for more than 24 hours, that means it's time to contact your physician. There are anti-viral prescription medications like Tamiflu that you can take when you first start feeling sick. They can shorten your illness and minimize the complications.
I asked, "should you stay home from work that first day, are you contagious that first day that you don't feel well?" Brown said, "you're certainly contagious, the moment you're coughing."
So again, stay home! Avoid spreading the flu to people who are high risk, like the elderly and the young.
"You may be in a grocery line exposing somebody to influenza who may have heart disease or asthma," Brown said.
Because for those people, the flu can be deadly, and even though emergency rooms across the country are packed, if you have a preexisting complication, that's when you should go.
"Bad asthma and now I'm short of breath, heart disease and now I'm having chest discomfort," Brown said.
Once you start feeling better, you can still be contagious for up to seven to ten days, so doctors recommend staying home or at the very least, keeping your distance. And of course, keep washing your hands, covering your cough, and we'll all do our best to keep Vermont's number of flu cases low.
Doctors say the flu shot is a good match this year for the strain that's active, and it's not too late to get one. Flu season often goes well into march.
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