Schools Prep for Swine Flu Threat

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Preparations for the threat of the Swine Flu or the H1N1 virus are heating up as students return to the classroom.

"We feel like we are prepared as we are going to be its hard to know what's going to happen. It is different flu than seasonal flu and with both, it's really going to be a challenge," Tracey Dees, Health Services Supervisor with Midland ISD, said.

With teachers and students returning to the classroom, preparations are underway for the possibility of a swine flu threat, but Midland ISD is ready.

"We created a form so when kids and families call in, we can really watch what we are seeing. We are continuing our program to clean contact areas like desks and doorknobs," Dees said.

New this year, they are also installing hand sanitizer stations in common areas like libraries and cafeterias.

Good handwashing and hygiene is the bottom line.

Currently a swine flu vaccine is undergoing clinical trials and once it is available it will be a separate vaccine than your regular flu shot.