West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District to hold two free H1N1 vaccinations in February

From a press release:

WHBHD H1N1 Vaccination for ages 18 years and older, February 4 at 10 A.M. to 12 noon

This clinic is intended for residents of West Hartford and Bloomfield or persons working in West Hartford or Bloomfield. Please complete the required pre-registration information for the WHBHD sponsored Influenza A (H1N1) clinic for persons age 18 years and older on Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 10 A.M. to 12 noon at Saint Mark’s Parish Center, 467 South Quaker Lane, West Hartford, CT. Vaccine will be injectable containing thimerosal. The vaccination is FREE. The vaccine supply is limited. Pre-registration is required. If you need assistance completing the on-line pre-registration please call (860)561-7900 and choose item 4 on the automated voice menu. At the clinic you will be required to complete and sign a consent form.

Pre-registration is required. Click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSH65YB

WHBHD H1N1 Vaccination for ages 4 and up, Feb. 9, at 4 P.M. to 6 P.M.

This clinic is intended for residents or students of West Hartford and Bloomfield or persons working in West Hartford or Bloomfield. Please complete the required pre-registration information for the WHBHD sponsored Influenza A (H1N1) clinic for persons age 4 and older on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from 4 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at King Philip Middle School, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford, CT. Vaccine will be injectable containing thimerosal. The vaccination is FREE. Vaccine supply is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please complete the following pre-registration form. If you need assistance completing the on-line registration you may call (860)561-7900 and select item 4 for the automated voice menu. At the clinic you will be required to complete and sign a consent form. A parent or guardian must accompany persons under 18 years old.

Pre-registration is required. Click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSJKPQX

19% Student Absence Rate at Bugbee Elementary School

19 percent of students at Bugbee Elementary were absent last week, raising concerns that students are coming down with the H1N1 flu. In a letter sent home to parents last week, Superintendent of Schools Karen List said most schools in West Hartford are at a 5% absence rate.

Be sure to watch some of our prior H1N1 coverage linked below.

Links:
Prior LocalOnlineNews.TV Stories on H1N1
Our June 29th Story with Dr. Thomas Fromson
Our April 29th Story With Dr. C. Steven Wolf, Director of Emergency Medicine at Saint Francis Hospital

Additional Information
Latest H1N1 Information from the West Hartford Public Schools

University of Hartford Freshmen Move In

West Hartford’s population will grow by more than 1600 this weekend. Today kicks off move in day for first year students at the University of Hartford.

One unusual concern this fall is the H1N1 virus or swine flu. The university is taking preventative steps like establishing a web site about the illness with tips to keep students healthy. But students and parents have other things on their minds today. Anna Stonestreet spoke with some on campus this morning.

Links:
Our April story on H1N1 Prevention
University of Hartford H1N1 Flu Site
University of Hartford Daily News Site on H1N1 Prevention

Should Parents Be Concerned About Braeburn Swine Flu Case? – 6/5/09

Extended content is available for this story. Click here to see the full, uncut interview with Dr. Thomas Fromson.

Swine Flu, also known as H1N1, has made its way into West Hartford and West Hartford Public Schools. A letter was issued to parents letting them know a student at Braeburn Elementary School has been diagnosed with the illness.

The news here is perhaps there isn’t any news. Doctors in the Hartford area have been telling us for weeks to treat this like any other flu. No schools have been closed, and no extra measures are currently necessary.

If you think you have the flu, no matter the type, stay home. To prevent getting the flu, wash your hands regularly and use anti-viral wipes.

The Connecticut State Department of Public Health denied our on camera interview request for this story.

Links:
Full PDF of Superintendent Sklarz’s Letter to Parents
West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District
State of Connecticut H1N1 Information and Prevention
CDC Swine Flu Information Page

BREAKING: Braeburn Elementary Student Diagnosed With Swine Flu

A student at Braeburn Elementary School has been diagnosed with H1N1 Swine Flu. A letter sent home to parents today by Superintendent Dr. David Sklarz says the student developed symptoms out of state and has not been in school since becoming ill.

Here is the text of the letter sent home to parents today:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We were notified this morning that a Braeburn Elementary School student was confirmed to have the Novel H1N1 virus. This student became symptomatic while out of state and has not attended school since becoming ill.

The ill student has been asked to stay home to fully recuperate for at least 7 days, or at least 24 hours after symptoms have gone away, whichever is longer, and the parents have been advised to contact their medical providers with any questions and concerns. The school nurse will be observing students and staff for any signs of
flu-like illness in students and will be available to answer questions. We will continue to communicate with local and state health officials for updates on the situation and any change in our plans.

The most important action you can take at this time is to keep your child at home if he/she shows signs of a flu-like illness (fever 100 ◦ F and a cough or sore throat); please see attached When to Keep Your Child Home flyer for more detailed information. When you call in your child’s absence, inform the school of your child’s symptoms and when the symptoms started.

The great majority of children recover from influenza quickly without treatment. However, you may want to contact your medical provider for advice, especially if your child has any underlying health conditions that may place him/her at higher risk of complications from influenza. Those at higher risk include:

• People over 65 or under 2 years of age
• People with chronic lung disorders such as asthma or emphysema
• People with chronic heart, kidney, liver or blood disorders
• People with diabetes
• People whose immune systems are compromised by illness or medication
• Pregnant women
• People on long-term aspirin therapy

Please continue to teach your family to use personal protective measures which include: staying home when you are ill, frequent hand washing (or sanitizer use if running water is not available), covering the nose and mouth with a sleeve or tissue when coughing or sneezing, disposing of soiled tissues appropriately, and avoiding persons who are ill.

We will continue to keep you informed as any additional information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Dr. David P. Sklarz
Superintendent

Mr. Steve Huleatt
Health Director
West Hartford/Bloomfield Health District

Links:
Full PDF of Sklarz Letter to Parents
West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District
State of Connecticut H1N1 Information and Prevention
CDC Swine Flu Information Page

Swine Flu Comes to West Hartford

The first West Hartford swine flu case is now confirmed by the state. Like most reported cases the West Hartford patient has a mild flu and is expected to recover quickly. The patient is on voluntary bed rest at home.

LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Anna Sava spoke with West Hartford/Bloomfield Health Director Steven Huleatt by phone today. Audio of the conversation is below:

The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District says a case in West Hartford is not unexpected given that Connecticut has now confirmed 21 new cases of Swine flu bringing the total to 102.

LocalOnlineNews.TV covered West Hartford’s response plan for pandemic flu last month. That story, along with an extended interview with Dr. C. Steven Wolf of St. Francis Hospital can be found by clicking here.

Links:
West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District
State of Connecticut H1N1 Information and Prevention
CDC Swine Flu Information Page

Extended Content: Dr. C. Steven Wolf on Swine Flu

Dr. C. Steven Wolf, Director of Emergency Medicine at Saint Francis Hospital talks about how you can prevent swine flu.

West Hartford Ready for Potential Swine Flu Outbreak : Updated With Extended Content – 4/29/09

Extended Content is available for this story. Click Here to see a full length interview with Dr. C. Steven Wolf, Director of Emergency Medicine at Saint Francis Hospital.

Swine flu is a new term we’ve all heard a lot about in the last few days. Though it has a peculiar name, it is very similar to other flu strains and the same preventative measures apply. You won’t get it from eating pork, but you could catch it from being in contact with someone who is infected. There is no vaccine, so everyone is susceptible.

West Hartford officials are ready.

As this piece is published there were no confirmed cases of swine flu in Connecticut, although since this piece was published a number of cases have been confirmed.

Find out what the state has planned in Governor Rell’s press release from Tuesday.

The West Hartford/Bloomfield Department of Health can be found online here.