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Bay Area's closed schools to reopen today under new flu guidelines

Original post made on May 6, 2009

Bay Area schools that have closed due to flu-fighting efforts are scheduled to reopen today as state and federal health officials no longer advise canceling class if a student has the H1N1 flu virus.

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Posted by Need more info about Flu
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2009 at 10:33 am

Could we get some information please?

I gather that flu symptoms, fever, cough, difficulty breathing might not appear until about 7 days after one is exposed?
And that people are highly contagious for 7 to 14 days after they show symptoms?

Is this correct?


So if someone goes to Mexico for a short trip, or to some place where he or she is exposed, what good does it do to look at him at the airport, before he has any symptoms, or to close the school, after others are already exposed?

Should this be called Mexican Swine Flu?

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Posted by good grief
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

to "need more info" above, CALL YOUR DR. for heaven's sake...why would you ask a hometown paper these questions!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Here is some information about the H1N1 (swine) flu from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Web Link

From what I have read, people are contagious one day before and 7 days after onset of symptoms.

The incubation period, according to what I have read is 1-7 days.

If you are sick, you should call your doctor. And also, your doctor can give you more detailed and accurate information. The CDC is a good start but does not replace the advice of your physician.

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Posted by Remi
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I think that a possible situation might follow from this that can have a horrible outcome. When the next thing comes along and is truly dangerous, no disrespect for the deceased, but more dangerous than a flu, complacency and distrust could be major problems. Hope not.