Swine Flu Prevention (H1N1)
Preparing for Healthy Students and Schools During Flu Season:
OCS Teachers and staff are to take the following actions to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 influenza as well as the seasonal flu, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to keep students and staff and parents from getting sick with the flu while at school, work, and at home:
1) Practice good hand washing by washing your hands often with soap and water especially after coughing or sneezing. Use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not accessible.
2) Cover you mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough, or cough and sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not your hands.
3) Stock up on hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, and wipes for students and staff.
4) Daily disinfect light switches, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, computers, keyboards, desktops.
5) Stay home if you have flu like symptoms. Remain home for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever (less than 100Degrees F with ought the use of medicines.
Stay home even if you are using antiviral drugs. Keeping sick family members at home means viruses stay at home rather than being shared with others at school or work.
6) A student or staff member at home with flu symptoms should stay home for 7 days or until cleared by the doctor. A doctor’s note should be sent to the school office.
Symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to those of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting as well.
You may also want to visit the following government websites at www.flu.gov or www.cdc.gov or the adventist health site at www.adventistrisk.org for further updates and current information you may also call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-6348)