No cases of swine flu in Camden schools

NO cases of swine flu have been recorded in Camden’s schools, according to the council.

Education welfare officers will be visiting the borough’s schools to keep a close eye on whether there are any cases of the H1N1 virus among pupils. But at this stage there have been no reports of children in the borough becoming ill with the virus.

Symptoms include a high fever or tiredness, headache, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath or a cough, loss of appetite, aching muscles, diarrhoea or vomiting. If anyone has two or more of these symptoms they may have the H1N1 virus.

A spokeswoman for Camden Council said the Town Hall had provided schools with up-to-date advice from the Health Protection Agency on how to deal with suspected cases and how to reduce the likelihood of infections spreading.

She added: “Schools that have children with long term medical conditions are closely monitoring the situation and providing work for them to do at home if appropriate.

“Teachers and other staff are being advised to be vigilant and any schools needing further advice or guidance are welcome to contact the council.”

The Health Protection Agency has advised people to stay at home if they develop flu-like symptoms. Anyone who is concerned can check their symptoms at or call the swine flue information line on: 0800 1 513 513.

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If you have taken these steps and are still concerned, call your GP (CAMIDOC out of hours on 020-7388 5800) or the NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

The H1N1 flu has been included in this year’s seasonal flu jab. It means that the vaccine will protect people from H1N1 flu, as well as other strains.

Vaccinations are available from the GP, free of charge, to the following at-risk people, to protect them from swine flu:

• people aged 65 or over

• pregnant women

• people living in a residential or nursing home

• the main carers for an elderly or disabled person

• healthcare or social care professionals directly involved in patient care

• those who work in close contact with poultry, such as chickens

• People with a chronic illness.