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CCSC confirms health concern

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Students in the Clay Community School Corporation and their parents were alerted Wednesday of a potential health problem.

According to CCSC Health Services Coordinator Lynn Stoelting, there is a confirmed case of Influenza A at an elementary school, which may or may not be the H1N1 flu. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of H1N1 in Clay County.

"We have been very fortunate until now," she said. "We've been seeing kids haven't felt well and parents are keeping them at home and resting."

The corporation sent a letter to parents Wednesday confirming the report.

According to Stoelting, students have been mild to moderately ill with scratchy throats and a fever.

Parents and guardians should look for the most common symptoms, which include;

* Fever,

* Chills,

* Sore Throat,

* Fatigue,

* Cough,

* Runny nose,

* Muscle aches,

* Vomiting, and

* Diarrhea

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommends children and young adults between 6 months and 24 years be vaccinated against the H1N1 as soon as the vaccine is available.

CCSC is working with the Clay County Health Department to make the vaccine available for students within the corporation.

However, precautions should be taken at home, to stop the spread of the flu.

"We have been encouraging children at school to take precautions by washing their hands and using proper hygiene when coughing or sneezing," Stoelting said.

CCHD has not confirmed any H1N1 cases in the county.

In the event that an outbreak were to happen with the H1N1, a plan of action has been prepared by CCSC and CCHD.

For more information contact your family physician or the CCHD at 448-9019, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information visit the CDC's H1N1 influenza web site at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ or http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/parents.

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The fact that people are overlooking is that the regular seasonal flu has killed more than the H1N1 has that all should be vaccinated for that flu annually as well AND that vaccine has been available this year at health dept and several local drug stores. Many health insurance policies also cover it when administered at your doctor's office so why are people getting so upset about this new strain when they've not taken precautions about the one that is around every year? The same symptoms occur with either type of flu so as was confirmed in Mexico last summer, well over half of the flu fatalities were NOT from the H1N1 strain of flu.

The presence of the H1N1 strain is no excuse for not getting immunized with the regular strain of flu.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 10:05 AM

I am enlightened but may I give you some of the opinion I have heard! I spoke to a my 2 doctors, quite a few nurses, and my pharmacist at Kroger and they all say that the people getting the regular flu shot is up double this year because of the publicity that H1N1 is getting. You might ask the actual clinics, physicians, health care workers and pharmacies what is really happening before you state it as fact. The pharmacist at Kroger's said that CVS and Walgreens are giving shots at unprecedented levels also.

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Fri, Oct 9, 2009, at 2:21 PM

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