Seventeen. That is the average age of those who test positive for the H1N1 virus. That is part of the reason why schools were involved in Thursday's meeting to discuss a swine flu response plan in Brunswick County. Emergency management, health professionals, law enforcement, along with school and community leaders met to discuss a plan of attack if there is an H1N1 outbreak. The main mission: to detect and contain the virus. Each agency learned what role they would play during a pandemic, while the school district laid out its response plan. One question that came up; how students would continue their education if they were sent home sick. “Looking at some of the discussion that came out of today; from having temporary dialups to having out volunteer services computers for kids to have spare computers and actually send them to the homes that are effected,” said Randy Thompson of Brunswick County Emergency Services. “Those are ideas you only get in a brainstorming discussion like we had today.” The group plans to meet again to go over the plan. The health department is also recommending that you get your seasonal flu shot. Flu shots are available September 1st, which is earlier than usual.
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