Following the recent death of a Miller Middle School student from influenza complications, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer said schools will continue to operate normally, but implored families to keep their children out of school if they show any signs of flu.
It was the first flu-related death in Hays County this season.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this difficult time,” Shafer said in a letter the school district sent home with students last week. “The child suffered from pre-existing health conditions unrelated to influenza. We are working closely with health officials to monitor the situation, and at this time, schools will remain open and operating normally.”
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue.
Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) said it saw 1,122 patients to presented flu-like symptoms. On Sept. 28, the CTMC emergency room saw a record 207 patients, with 95 of them presenting flu-like symptoms.
“Practice good hand hygiene, practice your respiratory etiquette, and stay home if you’re sick,” said San Marcos CISD District Nurse Dyanna Eastwood. “This is for your own benefit and for those around you. Symptoms of the novel H1N1 are usually mild, especially if you take advantage of the anti-viral medications. If we all take responsibility for our own health, we can slow the spread of the virus, and deal with it effectively.”
Hays County officials announced last week that they have run out of seasonal flu vaccine for its public clinics. The county expects H1N1 vaccine to be available in November.
“Let me assure you that the health and well being of our students is my top priority, and we are doing everything possible to address the situation,” Shafer said. “San Marcos CISD has implemented aggressive sanitation measures at all campuses since the start of school. District custodians are frequently disinfecting common areas such as hallways, lockers, doorknobs, keyboards, hand rails, and school buses with recommended germicides.”
The school district said people with flu should stay away from work or school until there has been no fever greater than 100 degrees for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.Email | Print