Friday, July 17, 2009
Health experts advise that vigilance, not panic, guide plans for dealing with an H1N1 flu outbreak. A recent workshop sponsored by the University System of Georgia updated university and college officials on recommendations for preparing institutions for the virus outbreak expected in the fall.
CDC recommendations presented at the workshop included not cancelling classes, educating the campus community and isolating those who report symptoms for seven days.
Officials at the University of West Georgia are gathering information and preparing for a variety of scenarios that could arise from an outbreak of the virus.
Basic steps that health experts recommend to help contain the spread of flu include frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, coughing or sneezing into one’s arm instead of the hand and requiring ill people to stay home.
Federal officials announced last week that swine flu vaccinations could begin in October.
Experiments testing the effectiveness of sample vaccines are set to begin the first week of August. If those tests are successful, the federal government will purchase the vaccine from the manufacturers and distribute it to state health officials.
For more information on the H1N1 virus, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.