By County of San Diego Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H.
The County has an important update about local school closures due to Influenza A H1N1, also known as swine flu.
After careful consideration, the CDC has issued new guidelines about dealing with suspected or confirmed cases at K-12 schools and child care facilities. School closure is not recommended for a suspected or confirmed case of Influenza A H1N1 unless the magnitude of staff or students absent from a school interferes with its ability to operate. This recommendation is in alignment with the current draft of the San Diego Pandemic Influenza Response Plan.
Due to the new CDC guidance, schools in our area that were closed have now been reopened. The County Health and Human Services Agency will continue to work with schools and everyone in our community to prevent the spread of the illness.
- If you or your child is sick, stay home.
- Do not go to school, do not go to work, and do not travel.
- Stay home for 24 hour after fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- If staff or students at a school have flu symptoms, they should be kept away from others until they can be sent home.
- Ill students should not attend alternative child care, or congregate in settings outside of school.
- Parents and guardians should monitor their children, and faculty and staff self-monitor every morning for symptoms of influenza-like illness.
- School administrators should communicate regularly with local public health officials for guidance about reporting flu-like illnesses at school.
- Also, wash your hands and your children’s hands often, and use hand sanitizer when water is not available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, and then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
I want to thank you - the public - for your understanding and cooperation as the situation continues to change.
For additional details and updates, please visit the County’s H1N1 Flu Information site.
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