Sep 9, 2009 9:13 AM by Bea Karnes
The Pueblo City-County Health Deparment confirmed Monday afternoon that five students in three schools have H1N1 swine flu cases--Pueblo School for the Arts and Sciences, Goodnight Elementary and Belmont Elementaty in Pueblo City School District 60. Dr. Chris Nevin-Woods, director of the health department, encourages healthy children to attend school.
According to the health department, seasonal flu has not been detected in Pueblo--so all current cases of flu are H1N1 flu.
Dr. Nevin-Woods said, "We expected this to happen. We knew there was H1N1 flu in the community, however it is now confirmed." Dr. Nevin-Woods emphasized, "To control the spread of flu it is important that everyone stay home when they are sick. When you or your child are sick with a fever stay home 24 hours after the fever is no longer there without using fever reducing medications or medications containing fever reduction additives (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin etc.). Do not use aspirin in children with flu symptoms."
Dr. Nevin-Woods urged everyone to get a seasonal flu shot as soon as possible. The flu shot will not work against swine flu but will cut down on the numebr of illnesses circulating in the community. Public Health Director of the Pueblo City-County Health Department. She added, "Vaccine for seasonal flu is now available in many places in Pueblo. I urge everyone to schedule an appointment now to get your seasonal flu vaccination. This is more important than ever."
Symptoms of H1N1 Flu
• Sore throat
• Headache, body aches
• Diarrhea (especially in children)
Swine flu symptoms are the same as seasonal flu symptoms except for the gastrointestinal symptoms appear more often with H1N1. The Health Department has been working with schools on proper sanitation and ways to prevent spreading the flu.
Family Preparedness Tips:
• Keep basics on hand like food and water, medications and necessities to care for ill family members
• Prepare to keep your family functioning and supervised if you get sick
• Prepare for an emergency that might require staying at home a week or more