SPARTA, Mich. (WOOD) - How prepared are our schools for the flu?
As many as 50 West Michigan schools closed last year because ofH1N1 flu and seasonal influenza concerns.
It starts with this year's flu vaccine that is due out inOctober. It includes protection for the H1N1 strand.
24 Hour News 8 talked to the nurse from Sparta area schools whosaid she expects a typical flu season. She said she is ready justin case.
Sparta schools closed last October for three days to disinfectall campuses. Officials say their plan is similar to what otherschools in the county do --
- Schools across Kent County need to send their attendance weekly to the county health department. This allows them to see if there are any health trends among students.
- Schools usually send letters home with kids and post information on their websites.
- Schools might offer flu shot clinics in October. Just ask your school if it plans on having one.
Flu shots are the same for everyone older than 6 months, whichshould limit the confusion from the past.
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