The H1N1 vaccine is slowly arriving in Colorado, and Littleton Public Schools is taking the first steps in planning on-site vaccination clinics as …
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The H1N1 vaccine is slowly arriving in Colorado, and Littleton
Public Schools is taking the first steps in planning on-site
vaccination clinics as they continue to see more absences due to
Tri-County Health Department is working with the district to
tighten up policies to stop the spread of the pandemic flu,
predicted to spread with greater frequency this fall.
“The vaccine is coming as quick as it can happen,” said Dr.
Richard Vogt, executive director of the health department.
H1N1 is affecting such a large age range, that “half of the
country” is categorized in the at-risk group, he said. Orders for
the vaccine are climbing as the government tries to get it out to
the most impacted areas.
Parents and guardians will have an opportunity to bring their
children to the free clinic at Goddard Middle School, starting Nov.
Additional clinics will take place at Euclid Middle School Nov.
17 and 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., and again in December.
Until then, the department is advising people to distance
themselves from those who are sick and to wash their hands
frequently to prevent the spread of the virus.
The health department’s plan is to work with health care
partners to vaccinate those most in need, including children and
young adults, pregnant women, caregivers of small children and
emergency responders who have medical duties.
Severe cases have been common among those 25 and younger, but
more people between the ages of 25 and 64 are becoming seriously
ill, Vogt said.
Littleton Public Schools will monitor their daily absence rates
and report to the Tri-County Health Department.
However, the department will no longer be making a notification
about reported cases of students and staff with H1N1 because it is
“no longer necessary,” according to Lucinda Hundley, assistant
superintendent of student support services for LPS.
In general, schools will not be closed unless they cannot
operate because of a shortage of staff due to illness.
The department will inform the community if school closure is
Littleton Adventist Hospital is taking precautions to ward off
an outbreak of the virus.
Signs inside and out of the hospital read: “We ask that anyone
under the age of 18, or anyone with a fever, cough, runny nose or
sore throat, refrain from visiting the hospital — unless they are
seeking medical care.”
The restriction is a state-wide initiative recommended by the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Virtually every hospital is implementing the restriction.
Unlike the seasonal flu, which tends to attack vulnerable
populations such as the very young, the very old and the infirm,
the swine flu virus shows up at a relatively higher rate in healthy
young people and those in the prime of life — through age 49,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Our emergency department continues to see cases of H1N1 and
will continue to do so in the months to come, just as we do during
the annual flu season,” hospital officials said.
“A few patients are sick enough that they require admission to
the hospital for medical management, while most others are well
enough that they do not require hospitalization and can be managed
The hospital is advising anyone who does develop flu-like
symptoms to call a primary care physician.
This is particularly important for people with underlying
medical issues such as asthma, and chemotherapy patients.
First-Round of Clinics
Nov.16, 4-8 p.m. -Goddard Middle School
Nov. 17, 4-8 p.m. – Euclid Middle School
Nov. 19, 4-8 p.m. – Newton Middle School
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