I could be wrong, but aren't our boys supposed to stay away from Tamiflu? I thought it had a "live" flu virus in it. Please correct me if I am wrong.
So I contacted the school and let them know that I too wanted to be notified immediately if they so much as suspected a case. I'll contact Cinc. and see what there recommendations are as well. I would really like to know more about the Tamiflu and if they can take it. Daniel is already having trouble bringing up secretions and just started using a cough assist.
The news this morning again upped the suspected cases. It's at 39 now.
This is the email that our school district put out on Fri. This is how they are handling it so far.
Howell Public Schools continues to monitor developments about the much reported Swine Flu virus. We are in contact with the Livingston County Health Department, the Central 911 Center and with other Livingston County school districts to develop approved and consistent strategies to deal with this problem. As was the case with the first MRSA news reports, a great deal of anxiety is caused by non-stop media coverage. At this point in time, actual confirmed cases are very limited.
Prevention is best handled through good hygiene. Please encourage your student(s) to practice the following:
• Wash hands frequently.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
• Children and adults with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.
• People experiencing severe symptoms including cough, fever, fatigue, sore throat, chills, headaches, and body aches, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their physician.
• Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
Howell Schools has contracted with Grand Rapids Building Services for additional disinfecting service to take place this weekend in all buildings as a simple precautionary measure. The particular disinfectant that is used in our district is Green Solutions Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner which is manufactured by Spartan Chemical. No products on the market currently have a "kill claim" on their label for this particular strain of influenza because it is so new. The soap that is located at all hand sinks throughout the district is a disinfecting product as well.
Please be assured that we will continue to keep parents informed and to provide a healthy atmosphere for the children of our school district. For further information, please visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
My pharmacist said taking either flu medication is safe with .20mg Prednisone (daily)
cheryl cliff said:My pharmacist said taking either flu medication is safe with .20mg Prednisone (daily)
You meant 20 mg, not .20 mg, right? My son's on 17.5 mg...
And now there's this story about the brand new swine flu vaccine:
So what is everyone going to do? Risk swine flu? Risk Guillain-Barr? Move to Siberia, 300 miles from the nearest person?
On a more serious note....we have talked round and round about wether we will get Justin the swine flu vaccine. School here starts a week from tomorrow. I am already very worried about Justin. He is having very low blood pressures(averaging 95/54). he has had full blood work-up and check-ups. The only thing that come back off was his vit. d level was one point lower than the normal. Noone can figure it out. He takes 5mg lisinopril daily. His bp stays low on or off the meds. We tried him off the meds and with the med halfed. Bp stayed the same, heart rate jumped from the upper 80's to the 130's. He is very tired all of the time. He seems to have lost strength in his shoulders,hands and arms, but we arent sure if thats muscle or he is just exhausted from low blood pressures. The first few days of school are hard enough on him. I dont know if he is going to make it with all of this. Then we also have to consider the germs that will be passed around and the flu season coming up and the swine flu still present!! It all makes me want to scream and run and hide!! Ok, sorry. I went off topic there and started a small rant.....