H1N1: What steps should you take?

As fall moves into winter, the H1N1 influenza is spreading through districts, forcing school closures and making officials take extra precautions to slow the highly contagious bug.

Since the start of the school year, not a day goes by without a news report from somewhere in the United States about a school preparing for, dealing with, or recovering from an experience with what is also known as the swine flu. But why are schools considered to be on the front lines of the H1N1 pandemic?

According to Brenda Z. Greene, director of school health programs for the National School Boards Association, unlike seasonal flu this particular virus is most often affecting young people ages 5 to 24. PK-12 students are very prone to spreading an airborne virus just because of who they are.

So what are the most important steps you should take to ensure your schools are as ready as possible to deal with the expected impact of H1N1 in your community? Greene has the following advice:

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