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Swine flu at school? Probably no need to close

Students with flu symptoms should be immediately sent home from school – or sent to a designated room until they’re picked up.

But except for some rare exceptions, schools should remain open, federal health officials said today. You can read a story about the latest guidelines here.

The Contra Costa health department is setting up vaccination clinics at more than 40 schools this fall for the seasonal flu and, most likely, the swine flu.

Do you think Alameda County should do the same? Sherri Willis from the county health department says local health officials are waiting to see the outcome of the clinical trials — and for the direction of the state — before moving forward.

The Centers for Disease Control director said this morning that the new vaccine could be ready by mid-October. You can read all of the latest CDC news and guidelines here.

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Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.