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Parents urged to be flu smart

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School system sends home precautionary letter with health tips

By The Staff

A letter sent home with LaRue County students Wednesday offering advice about symptoms and prevention of the flu was simply precautionary, a school official said.

Local schools are dealing with phone calls from residents concerned about the H1N1 virus, which is more commonly known as swine flu.

Director of Pupil Personnel Mike Brown said Thursday morning that no confirmed cases of H1N1 have been reported to the school system by The Kentucky Department for Public Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC Web site reports flu activity level in the state has increased to regional, the second highest level. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

Regional activity is defined by CDC as outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illness and recent laboratory confirmed influenza in at least two but fewer than half the regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of flu in those regions. The previous activity level was sporadic, the lowest level indicating activity.

Nearly all flu cases at this time are due to novel H1N1 flu (swine flu), as seasonal flu has not yet begun to circulate.