There's no need to panic about the swine flu, but there's plenty of reason to take precautions to keep your family healthy and safe during this latest flu outbreak.
Currently, there are no confirmed cases of swine flu, or H1N1, in our community. Please notify the school if your child is sick with flu-like symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following measures to stay healthy:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever (over 100 degrees), sore throat, cough, lethargy and lack of appetite. Some people with swine flu have also reported runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The CDC recommends staying home and limiting contact with others if you experience these symptoms. Contacting your health care provider in the early stages is also recommended.
Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a fever, and keep your child home for 24 hours after a fever without the aid of medicine such as Tylenol or Advil. If a pupil is at school with flu symptoms, the parent/guardian will be called to pick up the pupil. Additional information about school attendance during illness is available here.
The health and well-being of our students is our top priority. The school district is in contact with public health officials and will follow their direction regarding any additional steps. Please do not hesitate to contact the public information office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 426-4304 if you have any questions.
Click here to visit the CDC web site for the latest news on the swine flu.