Swine Flu Closes Catholic High School in Maryland

100 students absent from high school Tuesday

By Matthew Stabley
|  Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009  |  Updated 11:42 AM EDT
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Swine Flu Closes Catholic High School in Maryland

School's out for swine flu.

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LAUREL, Md. -- A Catholic high school in Laurel will be closed Wednesday because of the swine flu.

Five students at St. Vincent Pallotti High School have confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, but about 100 students missed class Tuesday for a variety of reasons, including regular seasonal flu and possible swine flu, according to Principal Stephen Edmonds.

Some doctors aren't bothering to distinguish between swine flu and seasonal flu, Edmonds said. They're prescribing Tamiflu, three-to-four days of bed rest and avoiding school for five days.

None of the confirmed cases of swine flu has been worse than regular flu, Edmonds said.

Wednesday will be a disinfectant day with cleaning crews scrubbing the school.

The closure includes all practices, games and activities.

The school plans to reopen Thursday.

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