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Staying vigilant in the face of H1N1

August 21, 2009

When Marshall County was hit with the H1N1 virus this spring and quickly set the state's record number of cases, local officials jumped into action for the protection of our community.

Now that school has begun, the Marshalltown Community School District and other community leaders are taking a smart, proactive role in regard to the deadly virus.

Recently such leaders met to discuss plans to handle a possible H1N1 outbreak this fall. The group examined the response to the May outbreak and reviewed what went well and what improvements could be implemented.

Meanwhile, our school district is taking measures to ensure the safety of children. By working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Marshall County Public Health, the district will monitor flu conditions and make effective decisions at our schools.

Additionally, the district is preparing information to be sent home to each family to serve as a reminder about H1N1. The letters will include simple preventive measures and signs and symptoms of the flu. School officials are also encouraging families to make a contingency plans, should their children become ill.

Marshall County has experienced 56 confirmed cases of H1N1, compared to 200 cases statewide.

Taking precautions against the possible return of H1N1 is admirable. The leaders at the forefront of this endeavor should be commended for their efforts.



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