AH1N1

Er, the whole AH1N1 (aka Swine Flu) thing? Any thoughts in terms of camps and residentials?
This is the briefing I’ve just had from Taize:
1. We ask everyone in Taizé to follow basic sanitary hygiene and to wash their hands well and frequently
2. We are staying in close touch with local doctors
3. We ask anyone who has been in touch with people suffering from A/H1N1 flu, or who themselves are showing flu-like symptoms, not to come to Taizé.

Although interestingly, Flu expert Professor Peter Openshaw, of Imperial College London, says about one in every three people who become infected will not realise they have had swine flu because they will have had no or only very few symptoms.
Anyone received any other wisdom or policy advice other than that below ….
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4 Replies to “AH1N1”

  1. Hi, I did a youth music event on Friday – over 150 people in one place. The next day one of the young people involved in organising the event rang to tell me she had just found out she had swine flu! She had seemed absolutely fine all evening and didn’t show any flu like symptoms.
    On speaking to a doctor today, his attitude was that unless you are feverish you aren’t infectious to other people and that we should accept that swine flu is in the community and impossible to contain.
    Don’t know if that is helpful or not.

  2. We’ve now had three or four young people with it in our church, pretty much every primary and secondary school in the town has had it.
    As we’re a large church we linked with the regional Health Protection Agency and got a version of the letter that the schools had been sending home saying someone had had swine flue, was at home in isolation, be aware – if you feel ill take it seriously, but otherwise carry on as normal.
    We tried to emphasise to all families the importance of hygiene, and if a family member has it, that we want to know, and we expect them to be strict about isolation. We sent home a girl who came to our end of year BBQ, because her younger sister was suspected to have it, and we knew she shared a bedroom with her and hadn’t changed any of their normal patterns of close contact.
    There advice for summer camp was to link with the local doctors surgery to find out whether, if we had a case, they’d grant us the tammi flu as temporary residents.
    If someone is suspected with it in the middle of camp, then we isolate, link with the doctors surgery, and the Health Protection Agency, and try and get them home and off site.
    We’re also probably going to temp check everyone (but haven’t told them so they can’t lower it with paracetamol) before we get on the buses because it’s the fever that is the critical sympton.
    In one sense it’s all a bit over the top, given normal flu kills a few thousand each year, but we had a bad experience of a stomach bug flying round a camp the church did a few years ago before I came to Tonbridge and it led to some pretty disastrous results: 1 good coach and 1 sick coach on the way home with people sharing sick buckets! I’d rather not have that happen.
    Hope that helps.

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