Friday, November 13, 2009

H1N1 Update for Nov. 13: Prevent Spread of Disease

As reports of H1N1 flu cases increase across the country and in our region and schools, it’s important to review and practice what we can do to protect our children, our families and ourselves:
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol are most effective.
  • Do not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues; or use the elbow, arm or sleeve when tissue is unavailable. Dispose of used tissue immediately and wash hands.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu, which include fever 100° F (37.8° Celsius) with a cough and/or sore throat. Other symptoms may include a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • If you or your child has a pre-existing health condition, notify your doctor or healthcare provider if flu symptoms develop.
  • Get vaccinated for seasonal and H1N1 flu as soon as possible. The H1N1 flu vaccine is recommended even for those who have had suspected H1N1 influenza.
As San Diego Unified continues to work closely with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency in monitoring absences due to flu-like symptoms, schools will remain open for students who are well. For more information about the H1N1 flu virus and vaccine, visit , call 2-1-1 or call the district H1N1 Flu Information line at (619) 260-5409.