Switzerland County has first confirmed H1N1 virus cases


The Switzerland County Health Department would like to inform local residents that Switzerland County has had confirmed H1N1 cases in the community.

Nationwide the majority of H1N1 confirmed cases have been mild and have not required hospitalization or treatment. It is important to maintain constant awareness and continue to use good hygiene practices.

“We all have a vital role in public health. Adults and children that show flu-like symptoms are encouraged to stay home,” county Health and Safety Coordinator Chris See said. “These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.”

Chris See says that if you or a child is sick, you may be ill for a week or longer. You should stay home and keep away from others as much as possible or at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. If you leave the house to seek medical care, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

“If you do not have any flu-like symptoms you’re encouraged to continue with normal schedules and activities,” Chris See said. “Please consider using tissues, anti-bacterial hand soap, anti-bacterial wet wipes, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer during your day to day activities.”

H1N1 vaccinations are currently being produced, and are projected to be available to the public in mid- or late-October. Once Switzerland County receives these vaccinations, consent forms will be distributed to the parents so school-aged children will be given the opportunity to be vaccinated with parental consent. The county will then follow CDC guidelines to determine what order people will receive vaccination.

“We are monitoring the constantly changing situation and will update the public as necessary,” Chris See said.