Green Bay School Districts Prep For Swine Flu

September 1, 2009 by mimmson  
Filed under Flu Pandemic - National News

Students heading back to class Tuesday will be greeted with a continued emphasis on hygiene as school districts look to prevent or limit the instances of swine flu. Meanwhile, schools and health departments continue to prepare for a possible pandemic of the H1N1 virus, creating and bolstering contingency plans in case large numbers of students or teachers fall ill.

They can’t, however, prepare for a host of unknowns, including when and how a vaccine will be available and administered or the timing and severity of a possible pandemic.

The Green Bay School District has a 50-plus page pandemic plan designed to prepare officials as much as possible.

“I feel good about the things I can control,” said Barbara Dorff, director of student services for the Green Bay School District. “The things I don’t feel good about are the fact that they don’t have vaccine ready yet, and they’re not really sure when it should be ready. … We just don’t have all the answers yet.”

Other questions include how much vaccine will be available and how and where it will be distributed, said Judy Friederichs, director of the Brown County Health Department.

via School districts prep for swine flu pandemic | | Green Bay Press-Gazette.

U.S. Flu Epidemic Rises

February 24, 2008 by mimmson  
Filed under Flu Pandemic - National News

The USA’s flu epidemic continued to grow last week, with cases mounting in every state and a dozen new deaths among children, the government’s leading flu expert said Friday.

Altogether 22 children have died of flu so far, with widespread flu activity reported in 49 states, up from 44 last week, says Nancy Cox, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention influenza division. Only Florida is reporting regional flu activity for the week ending Feb. 16th, according to the CDC.

“Influenza activity has continued to increase, but not quite as dramatically as over the previous two weeks,” she said in her weekly flu update. “We’re within the normal parameters of what we’d expect for an influenza season.”