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In preparation for the upcoming flu season the following is an updated plan for the prevention of seasonal flu and H1N1.
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending the following guidelines for schools:
- Hand-washing, before meals, after using the restroom, after blowing your nose/touching your face, etc.,
- Coughing/sneezing into a tissue or your elbow,
- Staying home if you become sick with flu like symptoms,
- Seeing your doctor or health care provider within 48 hours of flu like symptoms,
- Receiving the seasonal flu vaccine and H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available in mid-October
- Routine cleaning of commonly touched areas (door knobs, desks, etc.) with approved disinfectant that is on campus,
- Separating ill students and staff. Students and staff that appear ill with flu-like symptoms should be sent home. They can return to school and/or work after 24 hours of no fever without fever reducing medication.
Student Health Services will continue to monitor rates of absenteeism related to students and staff absent from school and/or work with influenza like illness (ILI).
Beginning in October, the Student Health Services Immunization Program will be providing seasonal flu shots along with regular immunizations to students at the immunization clinics. The seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine will also be available through community health centers, private physicians, and other vaccine providers (HEB, CVS, etc.). We will continue to update the District website on the locations where seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccine is available.
The District will continue to monitor the fluid situation and provide updated guidelines for schools as information becomes available.
Things you can do now to prevent seasonal and H1N1 flu:
- Communicate with your parents, staff, students, and community about ways to keep themselves healthy. Basic good health practices include; getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, managing stress, and being physically active. Good hygiene practices include proper hand-washing, covering your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze, not sharing food and/or drink, staying home when you are ill.
- Include good health habits and good hygiene habits in your back to school communication, newsletters, announcements, and communication with parents and stakeholders.
- Insure you have an adequate supply of approved disinfectant, hand-sanitizer, and tissues on your campus.
- Have plans in place for students and/or staff that may be out for 7 days with flu. Such plans should include take-home lessons, homework packets, etc