The Western Cape Health Department has advised people to seek medical treatment should they experience severe flu symptoms.
Earlier this week, the principal of Edgemead Primary School issued a letter to parents alerting them of a grade 3 learner who is in hospital after contracting swine flu.
The school has cautioned parents to take children to a doctor or clinic, depending on the severity or a combination of symptoms.
The Department’s Mark van der Heever says swine flu is no longer a notifiable disease as it has become a common flu strain that is treatable.
The symptoms, which are similar to the regular flu, include vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.
Van der Heever says over 87,000 people have already been vaccinated against the flu since the start of May as part of the department’s annual vaccination campaign.
“That high-risk groups such as our pregnant women, children and our elderly. So those are the groups that we have been immunizing.
“And we do note that there are several reports of flu going around and one of them is swine flu but it is being treated and if people have these symptoms they should go to health facility to get the necessary medication.”