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Influenza Information:

Where can I download more posters for my school?

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

Is there something for families that explains the difference between the flu and a cold?

What could I post on the school website or send in our electronic newsletter?

  • Get vaccinated. Vaccination is still the best protection against the flu. It is not too late to get vaccinated this season.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If you or your child gets sick with a respiratory illness like flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading illness. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to seek medical care or for other necessities. Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
    • Conduct routine cleaning and disinfecting. Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them.
    • If an outbreak of flu occurs, schools should contact the Department of Health (802-863-7240) to report the outbreak and seek guidance.

    For parents who request additional information:

    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/a_guide_for_parents.pdf

    For questions about cleaning and disinfecting:

    http://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/school/cleaning.html#

    For inquires about possible school closure [not recommended]

    The Department of Health does not recommend school closures in response to increased influenza activity. Actions taken in response to significant staff absences (which might raise logistical or safety concerns) would be at the discretion of school officials. The best strategies for preventing the transmission of influenza in a school setting remain getting vaccinated, sound personal hygiene practice, staying home if you do become sick, and routine cleaning.

     

    If you have additional questions please contact your School Liaison at the Office of Local Health.

    Sincerely,

    Wendy Davis, MD, FAAP

    EPSDT Program Chief

    Sharonlee Trefry

    StateSchool Nurse Consultant

    Vermont Department of Health




    Faculty

    Tina Spotts - School Nurse