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Swine Flu

Washington State Information:

How do I know when I should keep my child home from school or daycare?

Does your child have a fever (100º F or 37. 7ºC)? If you don’t have a thermometer, feel your child’s skin with your hand. If it is much warmer than usual your child probably has a fever.

Does your child have a sore throat, cough, body aches, vomiting, or diarrhea?

If you answered “yes” to either question, your child could have the flu. Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after his or her temperature returns to normal without the use of fever reducing drugs such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If your child never had a fever, you should keep your child home for 24 hours after symptoms have stopped.

If I operate a day care center, where can I get information about H1N1 prevention?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a resources for day care center operators on their Web site.

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From Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Guidelines for Schools from the CDC

"The decision to dismiss students should be made locally and should balance the goal of reducing the number of people who become seriously ill or die from influenza with the goal of minimizing social disruption and safety risks to children sometimes associated with school dismissal. Based on the experience and knowledge gained in jurisdictions that had large outbreaks in spring 2009, the potential benefits of preemptively dismissing students from school are often outweighed by negative consequences, including students being left home alone, health workers missing shifts when they must stay home with their children, students missing meals, and interruption of students’ education.

Education Week: Swine Flu and Schools


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