Reports on local radio this morning state that nearly one in ten of the island's school children are currently off school with flu-like symptoms.
But of nine patients tested in the past week, only two were confirmed as having the H1N1 swine flu virus showing that there is a wide variety of viruses around at the current time.
Parents are being advised to keep children off school for seven days if they are displaying swine flu symptoms, particularly a high temperature. If symptoms become severe or fail to improve after two or three days it is recommended that patients see a doctor who may prescribe anti-virul drugs.
Children with usual cold symptoms should be kept off school until they were feeling better, as parents would normally do.
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