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H1N1 influenza (Swine flu)
The health of our children is very important to all of us. We're tracking and monitoring this new virus very closely, so we're prepared to do everything we can to keep students healthy. As the school year begins, we want to make sure parents and guardians have the information you need to understand and get ready for this upcoming flu season.
Help Prevent Swine Flu (H1N1 influenza)
There are many ways to help protect you and your family from getting sick:
Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Teach your children to cover thier mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread easily.
Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Keep children at home who are sick. They should stay home from school at least 24 hours after their fever has passed (without the use of fever reducing medicine). They should avoid others until they are better.
Adults who are ill should stay home from work.
Report school absences by phoning your local school.
The Thurston County Health Department is collecting data on "suspected" or "confirmed" cases of influenza, please inform the school attendance office if your child is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100 degrees, combined with sore throat, coughing, runny nose, etc.)
Ann Ulrich, RN