FAQs About Swine Flu What is the H1N1 Virus? A new influenza virus causing illness in people Called ‘Swine Flu’ because of early testing finding genes similar to influenza genes found in North American pigs. Contagious- Spread through coughing or sneezing of people with virus (www.cdc.gov)
Do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose. Helps prevents spread of germs.
Staying home if you are sick to avoid contaminating others.
Impact of Virus on Students Many students will miss class due to the illness. Many other students will be kept from school in an attempt to avoid catching the disease. This may cause school closings. (Image from www.cdc.gov)
Recommended School Responses for 2009-10 School Year Stay at home when sick
Students with flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours, or until symptoms are gone
Separate Students and Staff Separate students and staff member with symptoms by putting them in a different room until they can be sent home. Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette Wash hands frequently, and cover mouth when sneezing or coughing Routine Cleaning School staff should clean surfaces touched often Selective School Dismissals May be best to close schools to better protect high-risk individuals
What is Being Done Vaccines are the most effective tool available for the prevention of H1N1 The first does for the 2009 Swine Flu are available, and more doses are shipping as they become available (www.cdc.gov)
What is Being Done President Obama Declares H1N1 Emergency In response to the rapid increase in the progression of the illness. President Obama signed the declaration. This alleviates some the restrictions and allows the government to help the states easier (www.cnn.com) Flickr.com