WSU Influenza A cases might be swine flu
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University officials say it's likely swine flu has appeared on the Pullman campus.
No cases have been confirmed so far, but Health and Wellness Services spokeswoman Paula Adams told the Moscow-Pullman Daily News they have seen 50 students with flu-like symptoms. Out of those, 10 tested positive for influenza A.
Officials at the Pullman Hospital say they are seeing approximately three students an hour that are experiencing flu like symptoms.
Adams said more than 95 percent of influenza A cases diagnosed in the country since May have been swine flu.
The school is asking students with flu like symptoms to not go to class and avoid all unnecessary contact with other people.
Swine Flu FAQ'sWhat can I give my child as far as supplements that help boost her immune system in the event of a swine flu outbreak in her school?
A- Other than normal healthy diet there are no known supplements to reduce the risk of infection
What are the risks to a pregnant woman?
A- Health officials have said that the risk to pregnant women is low.
Which state are most prone to the swine flu?
A- No state is more prone.
Are there enough school nurses?
A- In many places, there are not enough school nurses.
With the H1N1 vaccine having been "fast tracked," what assurances do we have that this swine flu vaccine will not have awful side effects?
A- While there are no assurances, officials say the vaccine is so similar to seasonal vaccine that it should cause no problems, but they will be monitoring it very closely as more and more people get vaccinated.
What are the symptoms of the swine flu?