Our school district works closely with local, state, and national health agencies to investigate any illnesses and/or infections.H1N1 FluSymptoms of H1N1 Flu: Fever of 100° or more, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue.What You Can Do To Prevent the Spread of H1N1 Flu:
Yelm Community Schools H1N1 Virus Prevention, Planning and ResponsePrevention and Education Activities1. Infection Control
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, elbow or sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread can be spread that way.
- If you are sick, stay home.
2. Plan to minimize the spread of flu in schools
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers/cleaners will be available in locations where soap and water are not readily accessible
- Encourage use of respiratory etiquette when coughing or sneezing
- Cover any open wounds
- Normal cleaning of surfaces (CDC recommends to not over clean and disinfect)
3. Education Plan in schools and work sites for students, staff and community
- Whenever possible, students and staff exhibiting symptoms of the flu should be isolated from others. Students often spread flu to other students and their families. In 2009, the largest number of H1N1 flu cases has been with individuals between the ages of 5 and 24 years old.
4. What can families, students, and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading flu
- Informational posters will be provided to schools and work sites
- Prevention information will be provided to students and staff ·
- The district and school web sites will provide education material and links to other H1N1 information resources
5. What to do if you are sick (This includes staff as well as students)
- Practice good hand hygiene. Students and staff members should wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers/cleaners are also effective.
- Practice respiratory/cough etiquette. The main way flu spreads is from person to person in the droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it’s important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick.
6. How long should a sick student or staff member stay home?
- Keeping sick individuals at home will reduce exposing others to the flu virus. Students, staff and their families must take personal responsibility for helping to slow the spread of the virus and to protect others from getting the flu.
7. Students and staff who are sick should:
- In the current flu conditions, students and staff with symptoms of flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever without using fever-reducing drugs. If the flu conditions become more severe, the CDC recommends a sick person stay home for seven days. A person who is still sick after seven days should stay home for 24 hours after the symptoms have gone away. In addition, this longer period should be used in healthcare settings and in any place where a high number of high-risk people may be exposed, such as childcare facilities for children less than five years of age.
- Sick individuals should stay at home, except to go to the doctor’s office, and should avoid contact with others. Because high temperatures are linked with higher amounts of virus, people with a fever may be more contagious. Keeping people with a fever at home may reduce the number of people who get infected.
- Contact their Health Care Provider · Drink liquids (juice, water)
- Stay as comfortable as possible. Rest is important.
- Keep tissues and a trash bag within reach of the sick person.
- Be sure everyone in the home washes their hands frequently.
- Keep individuals who are sick away from those who are not sick.
For the latest information on H1N1 Flu and guidance on precautions you can take to keep safe, please click the links below:MRSA InformationFor general information about MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and additional precautions you can take to keep you and your family safe, please check the links below:
State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Thurston County Health Department
Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department