Public officials target swine flu in schools

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Public health officials expect flu season to be worse this year.

Since viruses are primarily spread through schools, they’re advising parents to keep their sick kids at home, have them use more hand sanitizer, and cover their sneezes.

At a press conference today, Dr. Kimberly Uyeda with L.A. Unified Schools said the district will send letters to parents and provide prevention information to its nearly 1,000 campuses.

Dr. Kimberly Uyeda: "The bulk of also what we’re trying to promote is that schools be ready with their physical plant, have restrooms stocked with soap, paper towels, Kleenexes in the classroom, and our waterless hand sanitizer when our restrooms aren’t available."

L.A. Unified had several H1N1 (or swine flu) cases earlier this year, but didn’t close any campuses. The doctor says identifying sick students early on and keeping them at home proved a better approach than closing campuses with flu outbreaks.