Public Health Keeping Tabs On H1N1 In The Schools And In The Community

Sheridan County Public Health has received numerous reports of confirmed and unconfirmed cases of the H1N1 influenza virus recently. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.

With school back in session, it was just a matter of time until the swine flu numbers began to rise in Sheridan County. That's why Sheridan County Public Health has been in constant contact with area schools since the year started. Public Health Response Coordinator Bobbie Spahn says they continue to communicate with schools about the issue.

Spahn explains the severity of the cases that have shown up in local schools.

Sheridan County Public Health will be hosting flu clinics for the seasonal flu shot the first two weeks of October. More information on the flu shot schedule is available at At this time, there is no word as to when Sheridan County will receive the first doses of the H1N1 vaccine.

Spahn said that there are several steps people can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. If you are sick, you should stay home from work or school; wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, and always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.