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;
* Sore Throat,
* Runny nose,
* Muscle aches,
* Vomiting, and
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.