Houston County Schools see surge in H1N1

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Houston County, AL (WSFA) - In the Wiregrass, Houston County has the dubious distinction of having the second highest number of confirmed swine flu cases in the state, at 174.

And the surge is hitting home for many parents.

Health officials say encountering the H1N1 in schools is unavoidable, especially considering that children and teens are among those most susceptible to the fast-spreading virus.

Parent David Brunson knows first-hand.  He says his son came home from school on Monday and wasn't feeling well.

Brunson says his son is usually the one in the family who doesn't get sick, and that's why he knew something was up.

He says he and his wife took him to the pediatrician, and they checked him out and did the flu test.  He says, while it came back negative, his son was still showing a lot of the symptoms.

Even though they still don't know for sure if the H1N1 virus was to blame, doctors treated him with Tamiflu.

Infection Control Nurse for the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Wendy Knight says to call your doctor if you are having signs and symptoms.

She says they may want to see you, or they may just want to call in something so they can keep you out of a waiting room.

Health officials say simple hand-washing can be the best safeguard against the virus.  Just like any other flu virus, it's all about stopping the spread of germs.

But Nurse Knight says above all, parents don't need to panic.  She says to take the same cautions we take every year.

And, David Brunson's son appears to have bounced back quickly.  Brunson says, "He's not running a fever anymore, and he's eating, so I think he's getting over it now."

He hopes good grades will be the only thing his son brings home now.

You can find other tips to safeguard against the swine flu on the CDC's Website at: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/