H1N1 Swine Flu Hit Butte-Silver Bow School, Closure Possible
Schools in Butte-Silver Bow, MT., and counties in the surrounding area are hit hard by H1N1 swine flu. Schools officials are considering closure.
Around 140 to 150 students in East Junior High are absent because of symptoms of the H1N1 swine flu. That constitutes 27% of all students. Also affected are schools in Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Granite, and Beaverhead counties.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered a list of recommendations:
- Testing off all persons with flu-like symptoms is not necessary. The only influenza that is circulating in Montana is the H1N1.
- Not every person with the flu needs to be treated with the antivirals. If the disease is mild the treatment is stay home, stay hydrated and rest.
- If someone has flu-like symptoms, CALL their provider, describe the symptoms and they will be able to tell if is highly likely they have this flu. Most providers do not want someone in their waiting rooms with this flu.
- Anyone with the presumptive diagnosis of H1N1 only needs to stay away from others until their fever resolves for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
- A person should report to their providers if their symptoms change significantly (i.e. difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc.)
- The H1N1 vaccine, when it arrives, is for a small target population. We will be working directly with those providers of those population groups.
- Additional vaccine will be available later in the year for the public at large. We will keep the public informed as events occur
- The H1N1 vaccine will not be available nor given at our flu clinic on Oct. 21st. Only the seasonal (regular/winter)