September 1, 2009
Dear Parents and Students,
Since it was first identified last spring, H1N1 influenza (formerly Swine flu) has quickly spread around the globe. Influenza activity in North Carolina is currently above the seasonal baseline and this trend is expected to continue.
In order to minimize the risk of a flu outbreak at our school, we ask that you take these preventative actions:
• WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water, especially after a cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
• Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue during a cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash.
• If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. This is how germs spread.
• DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL IF YOU ARE SICK! The flu is very contagious and you do not want to make others sick. You need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever reducing medicine.
H1N1 Flu Symptoms Include:
Fever, Cough, Sore Throat, Body Aches, Chills, Fatigue, Runny or Stuffy nose, Headache and possibly nausea and vomiting.
If you do get the flu, I encourage you to see your doctor as soon as possible. There are antiviral medicines available that help fight the flu, and they work best if started within 2 days of developing the symptoms.
Thank you for helping to keep our school healthy! Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.
Leigh Ammons, RN
Magellan Charter School Nurse