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Duval Schools prepare for Swine Flu

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Updated: 8/21/2009 7:26 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two confirmed cases of the swine flu have been found at two local schools. One at Assumption Elementary and Middle School. The other at Bishop Kenny High School.     
     
These cases are sparking fresh concerns with parents getting ready to send their kids back to school on Monday.

Leslie Kulik's daughter is going into 7th grade Monday. On Friday, they were doing a little last minute school shopping, and her mom is making sure she has the 411 on how not to get swine flu. "Wash your hands before you eat and wash them several times a day," said Kulik.

It's the same advice Duval County school leaders are giving parents and teachers. With local schools already reporting cases, a spokesperson for the Duval district says there's an extra push this year to make sure parents keep their kids home when they're sick. She says teachers will also be on a higher alert, making sure kids with any flu like symptoms go right to the nurse.

Dr. Nathan Newman agrees. He's been getting a lot of parents coming in to Solantic asking about the swine flu vaccine and worried their kids may have the virus.

"We don't know what it's going to be like going forward," said Dr. Newman. He says schools have been told to do a thorough cleaning each day of the building and keep kids with the swine flu isolated or at home.

Kulik already had a scare this month with her daughter. "A couple of girls had it last month, maybe three weeks ago. They stayed off the field, stayed in bed, and that's what they should've done," said Kulik.

But in the end, Dr. Newman says parents shouldn't get too worried, as long as their kids stay healthy and Kulik agrees.
 
"If it stays the way it was in the spring, I think we'll be ok," said Dr. Newman.
 
"I don't think people should be going crazy. It's just another bug to me," said Kulik.

Doctors also say the vaccine for the swine flu is different than that for the normal flu. They recommend getting both vaccines.
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