"It's the local school superintendent or administrator who decides to close school in early stages of a pandemic like we're in now," Meyerson said. "And if schools are closed, I recommend they consider cancelling meetings, practices, sporting events, and performances to slow the spread of illness."
While schools are closed, Meyerson recommends thorough cleaning of hard surfaces, where viruses can live for up to 24 hours.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about H1N1 flu, visit www.nwhealth.org or call 800-432-4121.