Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Fayette County School Swine Flu Case Watch

We've been tracking swine flu everywhere and anywhere. NOw it's hit a middle school and we're watching what is being done.

Glenn Beck announced he's having a program on both sides of the controversy of the vaccines.

We wonder what he will do in his family.

For some time now, we've also been following the controversy over the preservative "thimerosal." We've posted about the concerns, but have yet to make any recommendations.

Our posting yesterday is a keeper. The article highlights the multi-dose swine flu most definitely contains thimerosal. That Mom's recommendation: especially for children and pregnant women: obtain the single-dose vaccine.

That seems to us the most wise recommendation we've heard.

Another article reports on the selections as well.


Net the Truth Online

Goodin asked that parents make themselves knowledgeable of the symptoms of the influenza-like illness and keep their children home should they display any of the symptoms, including a temperature of more than 100 degrees and either a cough or sore throat.

The illness may have other symptoms such as headache, tiredness, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, diarrhea or vomiting.

Goodin noted that the H1N1 virus symptoms are very similar to other respiratory infections. However, if the symptoms should occur, medical treatment should be sought.
Students with the influenza-like illness should not attend school, he added.

"In general, individuals should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever," he said. "Since the duration of fever is two to four days, this will allow most individuals to return after a period of three to five days."

The district protocol is that any student or staff member that appears to have the flu virus upon arrival at a district building or becomes ill during the day will be promptly segregated and sent home as soon as possible, said Goodin.

This appears to be the first confirmed case of H1N1 in Fayette County, according to the state Department of Health, which is tracking the illness.

Goodin, meanwhile, said as a precautionary measure, the custodial staff was directed to increase its regular cleaning and disinfection of door knobs, hand rails, light switches and similar surfaces throughout the district facilities.

For additional information about H1N1, visit the state Department of Health at www.health.state.pa.us.


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