Kenneiwck, WA- The Benton Franklin Health District will meet with school nurses in the Mid Columbia this week to begin putting together a strategy on how to deal with the swine flu.
The health district's communicable disease team is considering going from school to school this fall offering shots. Depending on how much swine flu vaccine the state health department sends to the Mid Columbia, the health district could restrict shots to students from famiilies without health insurance, sending other students to their family doctor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling schools not to panic when children start coming down with swine flu. The government says closing a school should only be a last resort.
The CDC says students who catch the swine flu should be able to return to school a day or so after their fever breaks.
Because the majority of swine flu cases have been young people, the health district is recommending everyone under 25 get a swine flu shot, along with the seasonal flu shot.
The health district is also telling school nurses and teachers who will come in contact with students with the flu, that they too should get vaccinated.