Students will soon be back in classrooms and that's causing concern as the H1N1 virus continues to infect people.
"We are in a pandemic right now H1N1 is widespread," says Dr. Bernadette Albanese, the Medical Director at the El Paso County Health Department, "We are very concerned about what happens when school starts."
Mike Nunez, the Director of Risk Related Activities at District 11 in Colorado Springs says they have been preparing for H1N1 for months.
"Our main thing is trying to educate everybody and keep them knowledgeable about the best ways to prevent any infectious disease," Nunez says.
And the health department says the best way to prevent disease is to wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
"The most important message is to not get sick at all," Albanese says.
District 20 in Colorado Springs also says they are preparing for possible infections and they will send sick kids home and they ask parents to not send sick kids to school. The health department says parents need to have a plan in place in case they have to stay home with children for an extended period of time.
Both Colorado College and UCCS are both taking extra precautions and developing plans for when their students arrive. They have extra concerns because of the close proximity of students in residence halls.
"We have a big student population so we want to keep everyone as healthy as possible," says Stephanie Hanenberg of UCCS.
Military installations are also getting ready in case of an outbreak. Peterson Air Force base says, "Inherent to our wing's mission is installation support and protection, which entails maintaining a constant state of readiness. We take every disease outbreak seriously and we're confident in our ability to monitor and effectively treat our Airmen and their family members."
Fort Carson said they, "have a plan in place and are promoting education to ward off illness."
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