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September 22nd, 2009
Schools in fight against H1N1 flu

San Marcos CISD elementary students praticing flu prevention hygiene.


Since the first day of school, San Marcos CISD (SMCISD), in cooperation with the Hays County Health Department, has made sure that preventative measures are in place to avoid the novel H1N1 (swine) influenza virus. Campus nurses are tracking all illnesses, including those with flu-like symptoms, and reporting them every week to the health department.

Local doctors and the health department are not confirming cases with flu-like symptoms because by the time the results are back from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), most people have recovered and returned to school or work. Because of this, all illnesses with flu-like symptoms are being treated in the same manner with the same recommendations.

Schools have posters placed around the campuses, most particularly in the bathrooms and sink areas, to remind all students Pre-K through Grade 12 about the importance of cleanliness and the proper procedure for hand washing and covering coughs. The SMCISD support staff is keeping all surfaces as clean as possible. Custodians have increased the disinfecting of bathroom and drinking fountain areas, doorknobs, computer keypads, and the like. The school district’s transportation department routinely wipes down the handrails and seats on all school buses.

The H1N1 vaccine has already been ordered by the school district, but it is not expected to arrive before mid-October. It will be administered in two doses, about a month apart. It will be available to all SMCISD students at no cost. More information will be posted on the district website at when the H1N1 vaccine arrives.

Health officials recommend that as many people as possible take advantage of the inoculations available for the regular “seasonal” flu this year, as that shot could offer some degree of protection against H1N1. Inoculations for the seasonal flu are available now at clinics and doctor’s offices. SMCISD worked with local H-E-B stores to provide community clinics for the seasonal flu on Sept. 29, Sept. 30, and Oct. 6. The cost for the seasonal flu shot is $25.

Remember that this is for the seasonal flu vaccine not the H1N1 (swine) virus.
The locations for the H-E-B sponsored Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinics are:
September 29
Hernandez Junior High School from 7-9 a.m.
Miller Junior High School from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Goodnight Junior High School from noon – 2 p.m.
Bowie Elementary School from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

September 30

Travis Elementary School from 7-9 a.m.
Crockett Elementary School from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Mendez Elementary School from noon–2 p.m.
San Marcos High School from 2:30-5 p.m.

October 6
De Zavala Elementary School from 7-9 a.m.
Support Services facility (bus barn) 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Central Office noon–4:30 p.m.

The Hays County Personal Health Department (PHD) offers seasonal flu vaccinations at its regular clinic locations in Kyle at 150 Lockhart Road and in San Marcos at 401-A Broadway on Mondays from 1-7 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 1-5 p.m. The cost of the flu vaccine is $20. The pneumonia vaccine is $40. The San Marcos PHD clinic will also offer seasonal flu vaccinations on two Saturdays, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 from 9 a.m.-noon. The H1N1 vaccinations are not yet available at Hays County PHDs.

Prevention, however, is the key to help prevent the flu whether it is the novel H1N1 or the regular seasonal version. The health campaign steps that students learn and practice in school should optimally be used at home as well. The CDC and SMCISD recommend several preventative measures to practice at home.

First, the simplest and most effective way is to wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Rub hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces for at least 20 seconds. A tip for small children is to sing the “ABC” song once or the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing. It is the soap and the scrubbing that helps dislodge and remove germs. Regular soap is all that is needed. Anti-bacterial soap is not necessary. Anti-bacterial soaps are thought to be possible contributors to the growing problem of anti-biotic resistance.

If soap and water are not available, use alcohol based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers. These are regularly obtainable at most drug, grocery and discount stores. If using a gel, rub it in your hands until dry. Gel does not need water to work. The alcohol base in both the wipes and the gel is what kills the germs. They do not, however, remove dirt.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when people touch something contaminated and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs can live two hours or longer on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables.

Cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. It’s the viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs that cause illnesses like the flu. The flu spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the droplets move through the air and are deposited on people nearby. Always cough into a tissue and promptly throw it away. If a tissue is not available, always cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. Be sure to wash your hands (and your elbow, if possible) every time you sneeze or cough.

In spite of everyone’s best efforts, some folks will come down with the flu, seasonal or H1N1. If you or your child feels ill, stay home from work and keep sick kids home from school or daycare. Until there has been no fever greater than 100 degrees for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication, the patient should not return to school or work.

There are anti-viral medications that can help reduce the severity and length of the flu. Check with your family physician for advice.

Flu symptoms include a fever greater than 100 degrees, cough, a sore throat with no other known cause, body aches, chills, headaches and fatigue. Some patients with the H1N1 flu also report runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

San Marcos CISD Nurse Dyanna Eastwood, sums it up: “Practice good hand hygiene, practice your respiratory etiquette, and stay home if you’re sick. 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.”

For more information, contact the Hays County Health Department (Pricilla Hargraves, R.N. Director) at (512) 393-5520, or SMCISD District Nurse Dyanna Eastwood at (512) 393-6862,

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4 thoughts on “Schools in fight against H1N1 flu

  1. 18 Reasons not to Vaccinate

    This year it is more important that you protect your children and loved ones from the flu vaccines than influenza itself. Here are the reasons:

    1. This flu is simply another flu. It is not unusually deadly. In fact, the H1N1 swine flu in circulation is less deadly than many other influenza outbreaks. The first 1000 confirmed swine flu cases in Japan and China produced zero deaths. The Centers for Disease Control alleges 36,000 Americans succumb to the flu each year, but so far, since March through August of 2009 (6 months), the swine flu has been attributed to ~500–600 deaths in the US. The swine flu of 2009 has already swept through the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season without alarm. Only exaggerated reports have been issued by the World Health Organization regarding hospitalizations required during the flu season in South American countries. Getting exposed to influenza and developing natural antibodies confers resistance for future flu outbreaks. Artificially boosting antibodies by exposure to flu viruses in vaccines is more problematic than natural exposure. Americans have been exposed to the H1N1 swine flu throughout the summer of 2009 with far fewer deaths and hospitalizations than commonly attributed to the seasonal flu.

    2. Health authorities tacitly admit prior flu vaccination programs were of worthless value. This is the first time both season and pandemic flu vaccines will be administered. Both seasonal flu and swine flu vaccines will require two inoculations. This is because single inoculations have failed to produce sufficient antibodies. Very young children and older frail adults, the high-risk groups in the population, may not produce sufficient antibodies in response to the flu vaccine. This is an admission that prior flu vaccines were virtually useless. The same people who brought you the ineffective vaccines in past years are bringing you this year’s new vaccines. Can you trust them this time?

    3. In addition to failure to produce sufficient antibodies, this swine flu vaccine is brought to you by the same people who haven’t been able to adequately produce a seasonal flu vaccine that matches the flu strain in circulation. In recent years flu vaccination has been totally worthless because the strains of the flu in circulation did not match the strain of the virus in the vaccines. Authorities claim the prevalent flu strain in circulation in mid-September ’09 is the H1N1 swine flu, which appears to be milder than past seasonal influenza in circulation. If this data is correct, why receive the season flu shot this year?

    4. The vaccines will be produced by no less than four different manufacturers, possibly with different additives (called adjuvants) and manufacturing methods. The two flu inoculations may be derived from a multi-dose vial and in a crisis, and in short supply, it will be diluted to provide more doses and then adjuvants must be added to trigger a stronger immune response. Adjuvants are added to vaccines to boost production of antibodies but may trigger autoimmune reactions. Some adjuvants are mercury (thimerosal), aluminum and squalene. Would you permit your children to be injected with lead? Lead is very harmful to the brain. Then why would you sign a consent form for your kids to be injected with mercury, which is even more brain-toxic than lead? Injecting mercury may fry the brains of American kids.

    5. This is the first year mock vaccines have been used to gain FDA approval. Mock vaccines are made to gain approval of the manufacturing method and then the prevalent virus strain in circulation is added just days before it is actually placed into use. Don’t subject your children to experimental vaccines. Yes, these vaccines have been tested on healthy kids and adults, but they are not the same vaccines your children will be given. Those children with asthma, allergies, type I diabetes, etc. are at greater risk for side effects. Children below the age of 2 years do not have a sufficient blood–brain barrier developed and are subject to chronic brain infections that emanate into symptoms that are called autism. Toddlers should not be subjected to injected viruses.

    6. Over-vaccination is a common practice now in America. American children are subjected to 29 vaccines by the age of two. This means a little bit of disease is being injected into young children continually during their most formative years! Veterinarians have backed off of repeat vaccination in dogs because of observed side effects.

    7. Health officials want to vaccinate women during pregnancy, subjecting the fetal brain to an intentional biological assault. A recent study showed exposure flu viruses among women during pregnancy provoke a similar gene expression pattern in the fetus as that seen in autistic children. This is a tacit admission that vaccines, which inject a little bit of influenza into humans, causes autism.

    8. Modern medicine has no explanation for autism, despite its continued rise in prevalence. Yet autism is not reported among Amish children who go unvaccinated. Beware the falsehoods of modern medicine.

    9. School kids are likely to receive nasally-administered vaccines (Flu-Mist) that require no needle injection. But this form of live vaccine produces viral shedding which will surely be transmitted to family members. What a way to start an epidemic!

    10. This triple reassortment virus appears to be man made. The H1N1 swine flu virus of 2009 coincidentally appeared in Mexico on the same week that President Nicolas Sarkozy of France visited Mexican president Felipe Calderon, to announce that France intends to build a multi-million dollar vaccine plant in Mexico. An article written by Ron Maloney of the Seguin, Texas Gazette-Enterprise newspaper announces a “rehearsal for a pandemic disaster” scheduled for May 2, 2009. The article says: “Guadalupe County emergency management and their counterparts around the country are preparing for just such a scenario…” This means county health authorities across the U.S. had been preparing a rehearsal for mass vaccinations prior to the announced outbreak in Mexico. Virologists admit this part swine flu/part avian flu/part human flu virus must have taken time to develop. But it somehow wasn’t detected by hundreds of flu monitoring stations across the globe. On April 24, 2009 Dr. John Carlo, Dallas County Medical Director, alludes that the H1N1 strain of the Swine flu as possibly being engineered in a laboratory. He says: “This strain of swine influenza that’s been cultured in a laboratory is something that’s not been seen anywhere actually in the United States and the world, so this is actually a new strain of influenza that’s been identified.” (Globe & Mail, Canada)

    11. Recall the swine flu scare of 1976. In a politically charged atmosphere where Gerald Ford was seeking election to the Presidency, the swine flu suddenly appeared at a military base. Vaccine was produced and millions of Americans were vaccinated. But the vaccine was worse than the disease, causing hundreds of cases of Guillain Barre syndrome and a few deaths. In a replay of the past, the White House is directly involved in promoting the H1N1 2009 swine flu vaccine. The federal government will use federal funds to pay off schools to administer vaccines, promote vaccination via highway billboards and TV advertisements, and conduct military-style mass inoculations in such rapid fashion that if side effects occur, it will be too late. The masses will have been vaccinated already. Over $9 billion has been allotted by the federal government to develop and deliver an unproven and experimental flu vaccine. Don’t be a guinea pig for the government.

    12. Researchers are warning that over-use of the flu vaccine and anti-flu drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can apply genetic pressure on flu viruses and then they are more likely to mutate into a more deadly strain. US health authorities want 70% of the public to be vaccinated against the flu this ’09 season, which is more than double the vaccination percentage of any prior flu season. This would certainly apply greater genetic pressure for the flu to mutate into a more virulent strain.

    13. Most seasonal influenza A (H1N1) virus strains tested from the United States and other countries are now resistant to Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Tamiflu has become a nearly worthless drug against seasonal flu. According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control, among 1148 seasonal flu samples tested, 1143 (99.6%) were resistant to Tamiflu!

    14. As the flu season progresses the federal government may coerce or mandate Americans to undergo vaccination. France has already ordered enough vaccine to inoculate their entire population and has announced that vaccination will be mandatory. The US appears to be waiting to announce mandatory vaccination at a later date when it can scare the public into consenting to the vaccine. The federal government is reported to be hiring people to visit homes of unvaccinated children. This sounds like the Biblical account of Pharaoh attempting to eradicate all the young Israelite baby boys. Must we hide our babies now?

    15. Public health authorities have cried wolf every flu season to get the public to line up for flu shots. Health authorities repeatedly publish the bogus 36,000 annual flu-related deaths figure to scare the public into getting flu shots. But that figure is based on the combined deaths from pneumonia in the elderly and the flu. Maybe just 5000–6000 or so flu-related deaths occur annually, mostly among individuals with compromised immune systems, the hospitalized, individuals with autoimmune disease or other health problems. As stated above, the swine flu in full force has only resulted in ~500–600 deaths in the first six months in circulation and it is far more dreaded by public health authorities than the seasonal flu. The Centers for Disease Control issues a purchase order for flu vaccines and then serves as the public relations agency to get the public to pay for the vaccines. Out of a population of 325 million Americans, only 100 million doses of flu vaccine have been administered each year and no epidemic has erupted among the unvaccinated.

    16. The news media is irresponsible in stirring up unfounded fear over this coming flu season. Just exactly how ethical is it for newspapers to publish reports that a person has died of the swine flu when supposedly thousands die of the flu annually? In the past the news media hasn’t chosen to publicize each and every flu-related death, but this time it has chosen to frighten the public. Why? Examine the chart below. The chart shows that the late flu season of 2009 peaked in week 23 (early June) and has dissipated considerably.

    While every childhood flu-related death should be considered tragic, and the number of flu-related pediatric deaths in 2009 is greater than prior flu seasons as a percentage, in real numbers it is not a significant increase. See chart below:

    According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control, for week 34 ending August 29, 2009, there were 236 hospitalizations and 37 deaths related to the flu. That would represent just 5 hospitalizations and less than one death per State, which is “below the epidemic threshold.”

    17. Public health officials are irresponsible in their omission of any ways to strengthen immunity against the flu. No options outside of problematic vaccines and anti-flu drugs are offered, despite the fact there is strong evidence that vitamins C and D activate the immune system and the trace mineral selenium prevents the worst form of the disease where the lungs fill up with fluid and literally drown a flu-infected person. The only plausible explanation as to why the flu season typically peaks in winter months is a deficiency of sunlight-produced vitamin D. Protect your family. Arm your immune system with vitamins and trace minerals.

    18. Will we ever learn if the flu vaccine this year is deadly in itself? In 1993 the federal government hid a deadly flu vaccine that killed thousands of nursing home patients. It was the first year that flu shots were paid for by Medicare. The vaccine-related mortality was so large that this set back the life expectancy of Americans for the first time since the 1918 Spanish flu! Mortality reports take a year or two to tabulate and the federal government may choose not to reveal the true mortality rate and whether it was related to the flu or the vaccines. You say this couldn’t happen? It did in 1993!

  2. Getting multiple vaccinations in a short period of time is a really bad idea. The adjuvants in the serum create a wide spectrum of health problems. Regardless of that, Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, and Sherri Kane, an investigative journalist, have filed charges with the FBI — with evidence in a sworn affidavit — that a private, biotechnology trust is behind everything related to H1N1 flu bug, from its creation to its spread and even the media hype and the vaccine. Its not even that bad of a flu. I hope people will do their own investigation and look at the evidence, which you can find all over the Internet . . . but not in the major media. Gee, what a surprise. Look at all the drug ads on TV and in magazines. They will not bite the hand that feeds (and therefore controls)them.

  3. Way to go Big Dog! Good info. There is a great op/ed in the University Star on this subject as well.

  4. Globally, pneumonia affects approximately 450 million people per year, seven percent of population, and results in about 4 million deaths, mostly in third world countries. Although pneumonia was regarded by William Osler in the 19th century as “the captain of the men of death”,^..^

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