swine flu cases in schools - UPDATE: SEVERAL CASES NOW

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Found 29th Jun 2009
hello all, was wondering how many of u have had cases of swine flu in ur schools. just got a letter that someone in year 6 has it and is having antibiotics now. my son is year 1 so i'm hoping its ok.

thing im wondering is how common is it at the minute? any cases in ur child's school?

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No but my GF's 3 kids have gone down with flu like symptoms, sore throat, feeling sick etc.
The doc asked if they'd been in contact with someone known to have swine flu?
Do people wear signs stating theyve got it???
Apparently you have to be near dying for them to actually test you to see if you have it!

its at my friends school in hampshire and my other friend in west londons school has been closed due to an outbreak

A local paper this week said there was a couple of schools with cases of swine flu in East London, though I haven't heard of any local to where I am.

Apparently a few chemists in the area affected have stocked up on the medication required.

Was at my nephews school (Downend) when it kicked off over here, they shut the entire school for 10 days and gave them all anti virals

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magough;5621429

No but my GF's 3 kids have gone down with flu like symptoms, sore throat, … No but my GF's 3 kids have gone down with flu like symptoms, sore throat, feeling sick etc.The doc asked if they'd been in contact with someone known to have swine flu?Do people wear signs stating theyve got it???Apparently you have to be near dying for them to actually test you to see if you have it!



stupid isnt it. with all the worry they should be making so much more effort :roll: hope they get better asap.

cherishu2;5621442

its at my friends school in hampshire and my other friend in west londons … its at my friends school in hampshire and my other friend in west londons school has been closed due to an outbreak



o dear..... hope its a one off at sons school

Butterflies;5621454

A local paper this week said there was a couple of schools with cases of … A local paper this week said there was a couple of schools with cases of swine flu in East London, though I haven't heard of any local to where I am. Apparently a few chemists in the area affected have stocked up on the medication required.



yeah u hear it but its weird when its YOUR school!! i'm worried for my son and also as im expecting number 3 as well..... so best to keep a close eye on him. so gar he seems ok!!

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choc1969;5621469

Was at my nephews school (Downend) when it kicked off over here, they … Was at my nephews school (Downend) when it kicked off over here, they shut the entire school for 10 days and gave them all anti virals



how many kids were infected?

magicbeans;5621485

how many kids were infected?



1.......talk about over reacting :roll:

One case confirmed at St Mary's Primary Schoo in Rothwell, Leeds

Quite a few schools have been closed in Birmingham, with over 100 cases emerging in each school.

i think id be too scared to send mine.
Not cus i overreact honest. its just with the asthma and that in our family.
scares crap out of me it does

cherishu2;5621535

i think id be too scared to send mine. Not cus i overreact honest. its … i think id be too scared to send mine. Not cus i overreact honest. its just with the asthma and that in our family.scares crap out of me it does



like any virus.......if they're gonna get it they'll get it :?

you'll have to lock them indoors

choc1969;5621549

like any virus.......if they're gonna get it they'll get it :?you'll have … like any virus.......if they're gonna get it they'll get it :?you'll have to lock them indoors



i have a shed :-D

It's a handy tool when you are on a bus or a train and someone sits next to you when you don't want them to, "I've got swine flu you know" and, magically, you have the seat all to yourself again.

cherishu2;5621561

i have a shed :-D



don't forget these......:thumbsup:

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5 schools have recently been closed where I live, and one has re-opened after recent closure (Eton college). I think the worst outbreak was at Eton though, with local papers reporting 31 students had it there, and few visiting pupils that came for school social events have also contracted it.

So far, nothing reported at my kiddies school or nursery, but the other schools are only 2-3 miles away, so I won't be shocked if any cases do crop up

Original Poster

choc1969;5621497

1.......talk about over reacting :roll:


hehe....defo over reaction!!


peodude;5621526

Quite a few schools have been closed in Birmingham, with over 100 cases … Quite a few schools have been closed in Birmingham, with over 100 cases emerging in each school.


scary stuff!!


peodude;5621565

It's a handy tool when you are on a bus or a train and someone sits next … It's a handy tool when you are on a bus or a train and someone sits next to you when you don't want them to, "I've got swine flu you know" and, magically, you have the seat all to yourself again.



or fart. haha

Original Poster

Charlie&Lola;5621592

5 schools have recently been closed where I live, and one has re-opened … 5 schools have recently been closed where I live, and one has re-opened after recent closure (Eton college). I think the worst outbreak was at Eton though, with local papers reporting 31 students had it there, and few visiting pupils that came for school social events have also contracted it.So far, nothing reported at my kiddies school or nursery, but the other schools are only 2-3 miles away, so I won't be shocked if any cases do crop up



so it sounds like its pretty normal then i guess...... just hope he stays well

choc1969;5621579

don't forget these......:thumbsup:




oooo maybe ebay do em.:-D Im not that p[aranoid honest :oops:

I got a letter home from my daughters school today saying that there are a number of children off with flu-like symptoms... The parents have been advised to contact their doctor to request tests. We live in Greenwich (SE London).

"In the event of a confirmed case of Swine flu, the Health Protection Agency will undertake a risk assessment and decide whether the school should close or remain open. The HPA will only recommend closure if they feel this will help to contain and lesson the spread of the virus"

It's worrying but best not to dwell on it, you could tie yourself up in knots as a parent fretting about whether it will affect yours.. Prevention is better than cure as they say - Coughs and sneezes, spread diseases!! My daughters favourite saying at the moment - she's 5 years old and has no problem telling any Tom, Dick or Harry on the street that if she sees them spluttering, lol! Well....Use a tissue for goodness sake!

cherishu2;5621625

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magicbeans;5621609

so it sounds like its pretty normal then i guess...... just hope he stays … so it sounds like its pretty normal then i guess...... just hope he stays well



My little man has a low immune system and suffers quite badly with normal illnesses, so I'm bricking it already on his behalf !! As soon as there are any symptoms, I'll be straight off down the doctors and talking about the precautionary vaccination. This is one I'm not going to be fobbed off with, poor gp :-D

Hope your lad avoids it altogether too :thumbsup:

Hope no kid gets it, i do worry that one of my kids dont get it & we live in Birmingham which is one of the worst hits places for it at the mo.

An today it was confirmed that a 9 year old has died in birmingham & they had swine flu but they did say that they had other health problems & was not sure what killed the child yet

I've noticed in the cases where the person has died they always say '...had underlying health issues' but never say what they were.

well im guessing as its affects the breathing it could be asthma, or heart problems.

Painkiller;5621694

I've noticed in the cases where the person has died they always say … I've noticed in the cases where the person has died they always say '...had underlying health issues' but never say what they were.



Is it really a public's right to know? I don't think so.

Becksdawe;5621729

Is it really a public's right to know? I don't think so.



It would would be if it helped identify people more at risk.

Daffodil;5621627

I got a letter home from my daughters school today saying that there are … I got a letter home from my daughters school today saying that there are a number of children off with flu-like symptoms... The parents have been advised to contact their doctor to request tests. We live in Greenwich (SE London)."In the event of a confirmed case of Swine flu, the Health Protection Agency will undertake a risk assessment and decide whether the school should close or remain open. The HPA will only recommend closure if they feel this will help to contain and lesson the spread of the virus"It's worrying but best not to dwell on it, you could tie yourself up in knots as a parent fretting about whether it will affect yours.. Prevention is better than cure as they say - Coughs and sneezes, spread diseases!! My daughters favourite saying at the moment - she's 5 years old and has no problem telling any Tom, Dick or Harry on the street that if she sees them spluttering, lol! Well....Use a tissue for goodness sake!




Hehe my 6 year old has been saying this alot lately too

I just asked him why he says this , and he said the head teacher has been talking to them in assembly. Apparently he told the classes that if he coughed from in front of them - it would spread to the back of the room, if he didn't cover his mouth with his hand.

It's natural as a parent to worry and weigh up the chance of catching these sort of things.

I think if your school is like ours then the year 6ers will be quite seperated during play and dinner times from the infants. That is a little reassuring, but obviously sibling of older kids are mixing with the younger kids.

If there is going to be an outbreak - it's likely to be amongst the older ones first and then the school and pharmacies will be prepared with meds.

Fingers crossed for everyone.

We have had a few people come into hospital with it including an 8 yr old child..they all had one strange symptom in common...a pain in the hip..as if someone is inserting a needle. definately something to watch out for.

Nope nothing here,we've had info about it all on newsletter though.

9 year old girl died of it here in U.K,thats 3rd death.

I'm just going about as normal anyway,me and both kids had cold last week,I spent the best part of a day in bed to get over it,my partner's mum phoned up and seem to think we had swine flu!
I said nope,it's not flu,just a regular cold. Anyway best part of a day in bed soon sorted me out and I was fine next day.

Once again, far too many misconceptions here. You cannot get antibiotics for this, if proven contact - antivirals might be helpful but no guarantee.

There is NO vaccination against this strain (H1N1), Our flu jab this autumn is against OTHER strains of flu. It is hoped we might have a vaccination for later in the year and and you have no idea how hard people are working to develop this and have it ready.

It is no more dangerous than other types of flu, very unpleasant and will lay you low for about a week. BUT Like normal flu, those with other serious illnesses are more at risk of more severe symptoms, so no difference there.. You cannot prevent the spread of normal flu, only protect those more at risk with vaccination. If they do get a vaccination for H1N1, they will give it to EVERYONE, to prevent too much of the population becoming unwell.

The reason for all the hype is that when this does begin to take hold and thousands of people are off ill, services like schools, hospitals and other essential services will struggle to function due to lack of staff. Nobody has immunity against this (apart from those who have already recovered from this strain).

They are still testing possible cases to confirm how many are affected and how fast it is spreading. Once thousands are affected, they will stop testing. We have tested over 100 people so far but all negative.

The symptoms for swine flu are the same as normal flu. It is spreading rapidly, just as predicted. All the infomation is out there, it is not hidden. First place to look is NHS Direct.

This is purely just my opinion based on my personal observation. I wonder whether the people who have died from swine flu and who were suffering from other underlying conditions were already feeling side effects from being on various medications and maybe the medication given to counteract the affects of swine flu combined badly with what they were already on.

I have found when taking doctor prescribed meds I often feel more ill than before I ever started to take them. The medical profession which is very caring - (I mean that) seems to take a sticking plaster approach with prescribing an extra drug to overide a side effect from another. Before you know it there are multiple drugs with huge number of possible side effects for the body to counteract when it is already in distress.

I have often felt the wrath of those in the medical profession when I have stopped taking a prescribed drug as my personal records of symptoms have been at odds with the medical manuals that the doctors consult.

I think the best approach to this swine flu thing is to eat a balanced diet and try to stay as healthy and stress free as possible as this will possibly be the best defence should it come close.

I understand about patient confidentiality and all that but would be nice if there was some more general info released regarding the really serious cases

well i understand that its just flu and for those with a healthy family, there proberbly isnt cause for alarm. But not all are lucky to have a healthy family myself included. what about a child with major heart proiblemsthats going in hosp for more surgery this month.Asthma etc then it is cause for alarm

cherishu2;5626557

well i understand that its just flu and for those with a healthy family, … well i understand that its just flu and for those with a healthy family, there proberbly isnt cause for alarm. But not all are lucky to have a healthy family myself included. what about a child with major heart proiblemsthats going in hosp for more surgery this month.Asthma etc then it is cause for alarm



Thats sort of the way I am thinking at the moment. But stress of whatever kind will not help and could only make either existing conditions or new ones worse. So I think a level headed concern is good and not to put yourself or others in situations of unnecessary risk. If heart surgery has already been decided on that decision will have been reached for a reason. A functioning person always has the ultimate choice whether to accept or decline any treatment. Discuss your concerns with the professionals who are treating the child.

I have heard from a good source this morning that the goverment, councils etc are drawings up plans to shut every school for 3 months. Juily, August and September. They are that concerned about it.

there are people holding swine flu partys ! :w00t:

I've had flu-like symptoms since yesterday, and am just waiting for a call back from NHS Direct (as I can never get through to my GP's sergery on the phone).

I suffer from quite bad asthma, but it hasn't really affected my breathing so far, just got a really sore throat/cough, sudden changes in temperature (shivering one minute, burning up the next) and aching arms, knees, ankles, hips and neck.

No cases in my boy's school yet, but there's a fair chance I suppose if I come down with it.

foxymissroxy;5627357

there are people holding swine flu partys ! :w00t:



no-one else has turned up at mine so far though....

http://www.internettards.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/lonely_birthday_party.jpg

midlandscomics;5627374

no-one else has turned up at mine so far though....



ahhh ill come for cake and cheesey poofs!!

Banned

tinkerbell28;5623169

Of course it's worrying but there is a need for perspective, only 3 … Of course it's worrying but there is a need for perspective, only 3 people have died, although sad, flu kills anyway, especially those with underlying medical conditions. It's still a mild strain, so no cause for alarm x



i thought this would of all blown over by now?:p

this is summer and more cases are announced , god knows how bad it will be by winter time because it seems to be hanging around dormant
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