From: The Office of the School Nurse
Due to the ongoing outbreak of the (H1N1) Swine flu in the United States, it is appropriate that our school community have information regarding this virus and be aware of preventative measures. Most people who have developed a Swine flu infection in this country have had mild cases. There has been good overall response to prescribed antiviral medications as a course of treatment especially if detected in the early stages. Signs and symptoms of the Swine flu are similar to any seasonal flu and are listed below as well as preventative measures.
Fever (usually high), headache, chills, extreme tiredness, muscle aches, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat. Occasionally symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea occur.
How is the flu spread?
The influenza virus is spread when an infected person coughs sneezes or speaks and spreads the virus into the air. Other people then inhale these viruses. They multiply in the nose, throat or lungs of the person who has inhaled them and begin to cause symptoms of the disease. The virus can also be spread when a person touches a surface (door knob, desk top) that has the virus on it, and then the touches their nose or mouth.
The incubation period is still unknown and can range from 1-7 days and is more likely 1-4 days.
Preventing the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home from work or school when you are sick. (If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or greater; DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Avoid coughing into your hand; cough into your elbow if a tissue is not available.
- Throw away any used tissues immediately.
- Good hand washing cannot be stressed enough to protect you from germs. (take 15-20 seconds to wash your hands)
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Avoid eating at buffets.
- Receive a flu vaccine yearly. (A swine flu vaccine may or may not be available to the public for the upcoming flu season in starting in October)
- The school nurse receives daily/weekly updates from the PA Department of Health regarding this rapidly evolving situation and will direct the administration in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Health recommendations and protocols.
- The Newport School District would like to take a proactive stand against any flu. We hope you find this information to be helpful.
Available Resources: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu