by Coy Holcombe.
Yesterday afternoon, Janice Beasley, Pam Martin and I attended a meeting with other Henderson County school districts concerning flu preparedness. Vick McAlister with the Northeast Public Health District was the presenter. Mrs. McAlister works with Henderson and Van Zandt counties. During the meeting, we received information about the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu. According to Mrs. McAlister, both strains of flu are already present in Henderson County. A representative of Murchison ISD stated that last week 25% of their student body were absent with flu-like symptoms.
Mrs. McAlister reported that the H1N1 vaccine will begin arriving in Texas by the end of this month. Texas is expected to receive 1.1 million doses of vaccine by September 30, another 1.1 million by October 15, and another 1.1 million by October 30. After that, the H1N1 vaccine should be arriving on a weekly basis in Texas. It was reported that the H1N1 vaccine will consist of two shots administered approximately 28 days apart. According to Mrs. McAlister, the second dose is the most important.
Other information regarding H1N1:
- Incubation period is from 1 – 4 days.
- In younger children, H1N1 may take from 7-10 days to run its course.
- In older people, the virus will take 5-7 days to run its course.
The Health Department is strongly suggesting that people consider getting the pneumonia vaccine along with the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccine this year. According to the information presented, people that contract the H1N1 flu are more susceptible to pneumonia. Mrs. McAlister stated that people should consult their family doctor about for advice about receiving the pneumonia vaccination.
For more information regarding the seasonal flu and the H1N1 strain, visit www.texasflu.org.
A reminder that our volleyball teams and varsity football teams will be traveling to Edgewood tonight. The volleyball games will start at 4:30 and the football game will kickoff at 7:30.