H1N1 INFORMATION

Posted On: Wednesday, September 9, 2009



 

The H1N1 virus is now prevalent throughout Northeast Ohio, including in the Lakewood Schools. The district wants to assure its families that it is closely monitoring the situation and keeping abreast of the latest news and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our response to the virus and its outbreak within our school population includes the following: 


  

  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when sick and not return until they have been   fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees, a call will be made to arrange for a pickup.


  • Isolate ill students and staff who have flu-like illness symptoms from others by placing them in a separate area until they can be sent home. The district will also follow CDC guidelines of supplying masks to those with symptoms as well as staff caring for them.


  • Emphasize good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette by washing hands frequently and reminding students and staff to cover noses and mouths with tissue or shirt sleeve or elbow when sneezing or coughing.


  • Continue routine cleaning of areas that students and staff touch often.


  • Follow the CDC guidelines for school closing procedures, which is not recommended unless there is an overall absence rate of 10% in a building.


  • Asking families to follow the CDC guidelines and get vaccinated.  Please contact your family physician for an appointment or visit www.cuyahogaflushot.org to see what location nearest you has vaccines available. A priority population has been identified for the first wave of vaccinations. These include pregnant women, those who care for children younger than 6 months, health care and emergency service personnel with direct patient contact, children 6 months through 4 years old and children 5-18 years old with a chronic medical condition.


HELPFUL WEB SITES:

Centers for Disease Control: 
www.flu.gov; www.cdc.gov
Ohio Dept. of Health: 
www.odh.ohio.gov
Cuyahoga County Board of Health: 
www.ccbh.gov
Cuyahoga County vaccine locator: 
www.cuyahogaflushot.org
Ohio Dept. of Health vaccine registration: 
www.h1n1vaccine.odh.ohio.gov



VIDEOS:

Hand-washing video
Cover your Cough: Sesame Street video on importance of good respiratory etiquette
Put Your Hands Together: Video on proper techniques of hand washing



MORE INFORMATION:


The CDC also provides an RSS feed for those who wish to receive continual updates on the H1N1 virus and the nation's efforts with regards to it. Go to
http://www2a.cdc.gov/podcasts/createrss.asp?t=r&c=252&showall=1 to sign up.

CDC informational brochures:
"Seasonal and 2009 H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Parents"
2009 H1N1 Flu & You

We will continue to communicate any changes in these procedures throughout the flu season so please check our web site periodically as we try our best to minimize the impact of this virus.

 



ALERTNOW CALL:

On Oct. 15, the district placed an AlertNow call udpating the current status of Lakewood City Schools' repsonse to the H1N1 virus. Click
here for the script of that call.





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