Swine Flu outbreak forces closure of Alleyn's School, Dulwich

Six pupils of Alleyn's School in Dulwich have been diagnosed with H1N1 virus, leading the school to be closed for at least seven days. The BBC reports that all 1,200 pupils and staff are receiving Tamiflu. According to BBC News, the symptoms the affected pupils are experiencing are relatively mild.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

always new the posh kids would get it before the proles. All that in breeding leads to a weakened immune system.

Anonymous said...

"always new" (sic)

I tend to think one should be careful of grammar, syntax and spelling when posting on the subject of education.

graeme said...

"always new the posh kids would get it before the proles. All that in breeding leads to a weakened immune system."

*chortle*

(credentials - ex SE London public school)

"I tend to think one should be careful of grammar, syntax and spelling when posting on the subject of education."

Actually [sic] not (sic)

;-)

Anonymous said...

All london schools are, on national terms, posh.

Anonymous said...

It was more a comment on inbreeding, still so long as one's grammar is tippity top while giving one's cousin a severe portion in the stables - that's the main thing.

Anonymous said...

It's good to show a little concern - even if you don't mean it. But there's a far worse virus on the loose in Lewisham. It's vindictive, malevolent and highly contagious and crushes all before it if serious action isn't taken. Its short-term effects are that children have two years of serious interruption to their education and that a further piece of Lewishams dwindling heritage is bulldozed to make way for architecturally inferior buildings. Its long-term effect is that a school gets put up in it's place that is not fit for the purpose intended, but on the plus side a property developer does make a bit of a profit.

The name of this virus is 'regeneration' and members of Lewisham Council, both elected and non-elected, have been showing signs of infection for years. The worse of these symptoms is the inability to make serious decisions without looking at the long-term implications.

The name of the school is Lewisham Bridge.

The source of the infection is the Mayor.

Anonymous said...

ooh poli-ick-ool.

Comment said...

Well it looks like this flu is drawing in. Reports are saying it's likley to really hit home in autumn/winter when the atmosphere is muggy. A time when loads of people get colds and flu anyway.

Apart from the basic hygiene advice (see leaflet that the govt is sending out http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8033048.stm of steering clear of those who are coughing and spluttering and washing hands especially if you're using public transport.
There's some internal things you can do to protect yourself and that's eating 'flu fighting' foods,
: cruciferious vegetables blueberries, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, and onions. "They all contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant shown to reduce the risk of flu in mice."

It's basically the stuff that makes for a healthy diet.

http://www.rd.com/living-healthy/the-antiflu-diet-what-to-eat-for-flu-prevention/article109062.html

Anonymous said...

Although initial studies suggested that antioxidant supplements might promote health, later large clinical trials did not detect any benefit and suggested instead that excess supplementation may be harmful.

Comment said...

Consumption of antioxidant supplements is not the same as eating a diet high in antioxidant rich foods.

People can wait for government supplies of Tamiflu or whatever other antiviral that's been produced to get through or you can start 'building yourself up' with good nutrition, along with practicing good hygiene and doing appropiate exercise.

Monkeyboy said...

My overtly religious cousin swears by some holy oil she bought at Lourdes. Great for stomach cancer she tells me, not sure how it's with flu (porcine or others...)

Comment said...

Cancer and flu are different, both in their respective order of magnitude and pathologies.

Monkeyboy said...

Thanks for clearing that up, I'll get straight on to the Vatican.

Comment said...

Yep you do that

Bea said...

By the way - I think you'll find Lourdes is famous for holy water NOT oil.

Monkeyboy said...

oh believe me the vendors at lourdes will sell you all manner of holy, Vatican endorsed, miracle inducing crazyness. It's the ultimate franchise operation.

Monkeyboy said...

and i must say, I'm rather taken with these...

http://www.discountcatholicproducts.com/catholic-store.aspx?st=1626

i'm sending off for some.

Comment said...

What would Ben Goldacre say?

Anonymous said...

Did anyone see that James Allen's Girls came 7th in the national league tables?

Pretty damn good performance. Wishing I had daughters now....

maxink said...

And it's got a lovely swimming pool.
To have daughters is not enough though, there is the small matter of the fees to consider.

Anonymous said...

yes good point Max.
for some reason school fees have zoomed way ahead of inflation.
arguably a good business to be in.
parents often deprive themselves of all sorts of consummables to pay children's fees.

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