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6 swine flu cases, lots of absences at Half Hollow Hills

There are 25 comments on the Newsday story from May 18, 2009, titled 6 swine flu cases, lots of absences at Half Hollow Hills. In it, Newsday reports that:

In the wake of six confirmed cases of swine flu involving students, the Half Hollow Hills district is staying open despite a higher than normal number of absences, the superintendent said Monday.

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confused

Farmingdale, NY

#1 May 18, 2009
There have also been 2 in Plainview--one at Mattlin Middle and one at Pasadena Elementary...
Lords Angel Michael

Haines City, FL

#2 May 18, 2009
The Angels are blowing there trumpets, THE END IS NEAR!
summerwind

Tampa, FL

#3 May 18, 2009
my son had tested positive a couple of weeks ago we live in Florida he wasn't around anyone that went to Mexico or had been sick. he was sick w/fever and a cough was better after 4 days w/the flu medicine. but the school would only let him back after 7 days from when he tested positive to influenza a the cdc misplaced his test took longer then they said so lets hope that we never have to rely on the govt for health care. God Bless that teachers' family
elleffe

Nyack, NY

#4 May 18, 2009
I smell lawsuits!
nc resident

Bay Shore, NY

#5 May 19, 2009
How about the 3 confirmed cases at Sacred Heart Academy?
nc resident

Bay Shore, NY

#8 May 19, 2009
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
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I realize itÂ’s a little early in the morning. The article was about public schools.
Was it necessary to take a jab? You must be a very unhappy person !
JackiE ESPOSA

Stamford, CT

#10 May 19, 2009
WHAT ABOUT UNIONDALE???THEY HAD A CASE.
VNAS

Jamaica, NY

#12 May 19, 2009
Its fun to watch everyone panic, especially as a result of a media that's bored with itself. The guy that died was clearly overweight and had preexisting conditions that killed him. What's next close entire school systems because 10 kids in the school are sick?
Ponderous

Oakdale, NY

#13 May 19, 2009
Janitor in a Drum wrote:
We love the overtime folks we get for sanitizing cold hard surfaces but once flu carrier walks through the door everything is contaminated again in minutes.Any educated person must realize these precautions are a complete waste of time and taxpayer dollars.
X2

On the news last night they showed a kid going to a school in Queens. They said she had a fever so her grandfather made her wear a mask to school.

Then they show all the people gathering and hugging each other and the wife of the guy who died from swine flu (who works at the same school as him), but yet they closed the school. Why bother?

Does anyone really think that the same dummies that send their sick kids to school, will keep those same kids home if the schools are closed? No, they'll just send them out into public places to spread the joy to people that would otherwise not be exposed if the brats were in school.
Death

Colts Neck, NJ

#14 May 19, 2009
We are all gonna die!!!!
shortstuff

Jersey City, NJ

#15 May 19, 2009
Death wrote:
We are all gonna die!!!!
That's for sure
JC- Glen Cove

United States

#16 May 19, 2009
How stupid are they ?? They are leaving themselves open for a lawsuit.
AJS

Milford, CT

#17 May 19, 2009
This is wrong. The schools should close to protect lives.
why have a law

United States

#18 May 19, 2009
JC- Glen Cove wrote:
How stupid are they ?? They are leaving themselves open for a lawsuit.
They aren't leaving themselves to nothing. It comes out of Taxes!
The H1Bs virus is killing the USA workers!
ljg

New York, NY

#19 May 19, 2009
The fact of the matter is that there are WAY more cases of swine flu than people or the schools know about because the Department of Health is telling Pediatricians NOT to test and to just treat the symptoms because they are afraid of innundating the hospitals and having a full-blown panic on their hands. Our Pediatrician had over 40 cases and was inundated - but the parents in our town and the schools were mum about it. Unfortunately, the media has created a panic instead of allowing people to make educated and informed choices about whether or not to send their kids to school. We get notices home regarding exposure to pink-eye and strep, so why not the flu? If your child has a comprimised immune system and you know there is flu in your school....don't send them. If your child is sick, PLEASE DO NOT SEND them to school - whether its the flu or not. But people don't follow common sense, they follow what the media tells them. Therefore we have panic rather than educated and informed actions.
Long Island Taxpayer

Brooklyn, NY

#20 May 19, 2009
nc resident wrote:
How about the 3 confirmed cases at Sacred Heart Academy?
Perhaps nobody reported that information to Newsday to include in this news article. The information doesn't even have to come from a school official, Newsday reported about Calhoun based on unoffiacial information.
Long Island Taxpayer

Brooklyn, NY

#21 May 19, 2009
VNAS wrote:
Its fun to watch everyone panic, especially as a result of a media that's bored with itself. The guy that died was clearly overweight and had preexisting conditions that killed him. What's next close entire school systems because 10 kids in the school are sick?
The vice principal from the NY City school did not die from H1N1 flu (swine flu is the incorrect name), he died of complaication of the flu. Most likely he developed bacterial pneumonia which may have gone to sepsis and led to kidney failure. The man may not have been in the best of health to begin with with he was in his mid fifites and over weight. Once a person develops bacterial pneumonia they only have about 24 - 48 hours to get on antibiotics and start getting it under control.

You have to remember 36,000 people die in this country each year from the flu and the H1N1 flu is not severe. Normally doctores don't even test most patienst to verify flu they just treat the symptoms.
poconoweeze

Effort, PA

#22 May 19, 2009
how about parents taking charge and keeping their kids home despite schools being open. all they care about is the state funds. kids ain't learning anything good anyway.
Long Island Taxpayer

Jersey City, NJ

#23 May 19, 2009
poconoweeze wrote:
how about parents taking charge and keeping their kids home despite schools being open. all they care about is the state funds. kids ain't learning anything good anyway.
"poconoweeze", perhaps if you payed attention in school you wouldn't be using the term ain't as in; kids ain't learning anything good anyway.

It's not just keeping schools open for tax money there is the fact that NY State requires by law a mimimum amount of school days.

If both parents are working it can be a major hardship if one of them has to stay home should a school close for the flu.

People need to use common sense, if a child is showing flu like symptoms keep them home.
Just Saying

Laurel, MD

#24 May 19, 2009
I agree with the previous posters. The media has been extremely irresponsible in it's reporting of this recent outbreak of swine flu, and is panicking the public unnecessarily. We already deal with flu every year, which results in thousands of deaths, but this particular outbreak is scaring people due to the way it has been covered. Everyone just needs to follow some simple precautions. Wash your hands frequently, and if someone is sick, they should stay home from school or work so they don't spread the infection. This is just common sense, whether they have the flu, measles, chicken pox, or any other infectious diseases!

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