Archive for September 3, 2009

Area Hospitals Taking Swine Flu Precautions

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Local hospitals are seeing more flu symptoms from people who are testing positive for H1N1. Now they’re being proactive in trying to stop the spread of the virus.

When Priscilla Wynn and her daughter Alexis left the hospital Thursday, Priscilla said she was happy with what she saw.

“The lady that just treated her had on a mask,” Priscilla said. “And she sprayed Lysol, so that kind of protected — I felt like she was trying to protect us.”

That’s exactly what a lot of area hospitals are trying to do, protect you and your family from getting the H1N1 virus.

So far in there have been 550 H1N1 deaths in the U.S., 70 of which were in Florida, including five in Duval County.

Dr. Joseph Sabato, a disaster medical officer at Shands at the University of Florida, said in the last few months, his hospital has seen hundreds of people test positive for the swine flu.

Hunh. Wonder how I missed that “hundreds of people testing positive for swine flu” part in the last few months.

Parents are not going to keep their children home when they are ill because (a) they can’t afford it, and (b) the school only allows so many absences per year. I know of a parent that put her child on the bus to go to school with his eyes literally swollen shut from pinkeye. The child could not open his eyes and he was put on the bus to school. Really. So if this particular child gets the flu, we can trust that parent to do the right thing and keep him home, right? I cannot tell you the number of times that a kid was sent in to school with a fever and/or diarrhea and vomiting, dripping thick green goop from eyes and nose which was quickly communicated to classmates and teachers regardless of Lysoling every surface daily.

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