As the winter sets in, cases of H1N1 have shot up. And it is the children — with immunity lower than adults — who are facing maximum risk.
Some schools in the capital have been forced to shut down for at least a week to keep the number of H1N1 cases in check.
“We had shut the junior section for around three days and have re-opened today (Friday),” said Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.
“All the classes have been fumigated and sanitized and most children are back to the classes.”
The scene in the The Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, is similar. Around 40 students here have tested positive for, or showed symptoms of H1N1.
“Shutting the school for five days has brought down the number of cases and most children have already recovered,” said Principal Manika Sharma.
Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, which reported around 8 cases has not been shut.
“Though we have not shut the school, we are closely monitoring the children. The classrooms and labs have been completely sanitized,” said Principal Madhulika Sen.
But the doctors have said there in no reason to press the panic button.
“There is nothing to worry about as most children and adults alike are reporting mild flu symptoms,” said Dr V. M. Katoch, the director-general of Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
“The surge in infection will help provide herd immunity to everyone and make the symptoms milder over the coming weeks, as it happened in Pune.”
Jayati George, whose daughter Ananya has just recovered from H1N1 infection, said she treated it as just another flu.
“After she tested positive we administered her the prescribed medicines and kept her in isolation as much as possible. Giving the child the recommended diet is the key to quick recovery.”