Public Health Protection officials have advised that Ravenscraig Primary School in Greenock be closed for seven days and 24 Primary One pupils at the school be offered Tamiflu following tests that indicate one pupil is a probable case of Influenza A (H1N1).
The P1 class has 24 pupils including the “probable” case whose mother is also being treated as a probable case of the same flu virus.
The youngster only began to show flu like symptoms yesterday afternoon and public health officials believe taking very early intervention steps is the best way to contain any further spread of the virus.
The pupil also attends “Enterprise” after-school care club in Greenock along with 18 other primary pupils who are also being advised to stay off school for seven days.
Although no other pupils have reported showing any symptoms, isolating any pupils from further close contact such as in classrooms is deemed an effective way of reducing the likelihood of cross infection.
Public Health officials stress that the existing risk is low. All parents of P1 pupils will be contacted to arrange Tamiflu medication and health officials further stress that there is no requirement for Tamiflu treatment to the families of those pupils at this stage.
The P1 teacher and the three staff who look after the pupils at Enterprise after-care club will also be offered Tamiflu as they may have had prolonged contact with the pupil who is a probable case.
The pupils from P2 upwards from the Ravenscraig Primary School do not require Tamiflu treatment and are asked to stay at home purely as precaution to reduce further the minimal risk of cross infection.
Public Health officials from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, working with Inverclyde Council staff are contacting the parents/guardians of the P1 pupils to arrange Tamiflu treatment and education dept and school officials will contact parents of the other classes to inform them of the seven-day school closure.