H1N1 Update: Flu outbreaks at lower rate than expected, but possibilities for more severe cases remain
May 11, 2009
The school nurses and I met today to review the recent situation with H1N1 (Swine flu) and current practices. There is still clear evidence of cases being diagnosed across the country but currently it seems to be at a much lower incident rate than expected and the illness is not as severe as initially anticipated. We are clear that the immediate action of the Centers for Disease Controll nationally and locally has been able to stem a greater outbreak. However, the danger has not gone away and the possibilities of more severe cases remains, especially as we come closer to the winter months.
In the meantime, our cautionary warnings remain in effect. *Be aware of respiratory symptoms including:
- Sore throat
- G.I. symptoms
- General aching
Attention to these symptoms is extremely important and a student or adult should remain home when these respiratory symptoms and fever (with or without gastrointestinal symptoms) appear. When a student or adult is fever free without the use of medication for 48 hours, our protocol will be that the individual may return to school and other school-sponsored activities. Their temperature will be taken upon return and if it registers 100 degrees or above, that child or adult will be sent home to continue to recover.
The attention of every adult and child to these symptoms and the possible results is extremely important. Thank you for your continued concern in this area.
Alan H. Hawkins
* Word from the CDC continues to be stay home for seven days if influenza like illness (ILI) symptoms exist.