by Diane Tuazon
ODESSA - Doctors and school nurses gathered on Tuesday to get their questions answered about the latest on the swine flu virus.
"There was a lot of concern about it before, now people did their research and while there's still that fear, it's not as bad as it was," Ali Rodriguez with the Ector County Independent School District, said.
Dr. Tara Gonzales explained how the swine flu vaccine works, so when it becomes available other doctors and nurses will already be one step ahead of the game.
"One thing we learned is that we have to wait 30 mins before seasonal shot and H1N1 shots are given. The general recommendation on any child under 9 should get two vaccines but with seasonal flu," Miguel Escobedo with the Ector County Health Department, said.
Ali Rodriguez is a nurse for ECISD, and she says last year regular flu shots that were given to students kept the normal strain of the sickness at bay.
"Some of the students last year were given seasonal flu shots and it improved attendence rates. We'll continue it again," Rodruguez said.
Rodriguez says offering the swine flu vaccine on campuses will be a big help.
"Giving the flu vaccine at school is a good idea. How often can we do that? It's less school time missed and for parents," Rodriguez said.
Health officials say despite all the concern about swine flu, there's no need for parents to worry.
"There's a lot of planning going on. Parents need to look forward to the fact that we are better prepared," Escobedo said.
The swine flu vaccine is not available yet, but Dr. Tara Gonzales says it should come out sometime in October.