POSTED: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 5:52pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
In Harlingen, hundreds of state and local health officials along with EMS, and hospital personnel met to talk about fighting the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.
Health authorities say, when it comes to the swine flu, it's not a matter of if, but it's a matter of now.
They talked about testing strategies, methods of reducing disease spread, vaccination procedures, and lessons learned.
Some of those lessons learned being, that they will only test students for the H1N1 virus if they are hospitalized, not if they show common flu-like symptoms.
They also say, they don't plan on closing down schools, like they did last year, when the first cases showed up.
Texas Department of State Health Services Director, Dr. Brian Smith, and Hidalgo County's Chief Administrative Officer, Eddie Olivarez were just a few of today's speakers at this "Regional Pandemic Influeza Conference".
A vaccine for the virus is expected to be available by late-October/Early November.
For more information, log onto www.texasflu.org .