For Immediate Release: June 1, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON — Two more cases of novel H1N1 flu were confirmed by the Health Department Laboratory on Saturday — one student at Rutland High School and one student at Springfield High School. Both students are recovering well at home and were not hospitalized.
The student at Rutland High School is the second confirmed case at the school. A previous case was reported on Thursday, May 28. The Springfield case is the second in Windsor County.
The number of confirmed cases in Vermont is now seven. The Health Department is working with the schools to keep the students home for a full seven days after the onset of illness. Most people who are sick with flu will not need to see a health care provider and can be cared for at home.
The new H1N1 virus is spread the same way as seasonal influenza — through coughs and sneezes. If you’re sick with flu-like symptoms (sore throat, bad cough, body aches or chills, fever of 100ºF or more, extreme fatigue, sometimes vomiting or diarrhea), stay home from work or school for seven days or until at least 24 hours after symptoms have gone away, whichever is longer.
Vermonters are urged to continue to take simple precautions every day, and to teach children to do the same:
- Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze.
- Use a tissue when possible and throw it in the trash after use.
- Wash hands often and well — wash for as long as it takes to sing the “ABC” song.
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Extensive information, tools and resources about H1N1 flu, healthy habits and pandemic preparedness are available at the Health Department’s website: www.healthvermont.gov or dial 2-1-1.