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|Classes resume, officials take flu precautions|
For many students across the parish, classes resumed last week for the 2009-10 school year.
In light of the recent reported cases of the H1N1 virus (swine flu), school officials are taking precautions to insure the health of the students and faculty.
"We've met with school administrators and nurses to address preventative measures to combat the influenza viruses," said Supt. Lanny Johnson.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released guidelines to decrease exposure to regular seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu while limiting the disruption of day-to-day activities and the vital learning that goes on in schools.
By implementing these recommendations, schools and health officials can help protect students, staff and faculty members from the flu. The CDC, the U.S. Department of Education, state and local public health and education agencies, schools, students, staff and families all have active roles to play.
The CDC recommends the following guidelines to protect students from the spread of flu during the 2009-2010 school year.
o Stay home when sick: Those with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after they have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
o Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette: The recommendations emphasize the importance of the basic foundations of influenza prevention: stay home when sick, wash hands frequently with soap and water when possible, and cover noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
o Routine cleaning; School staff should routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often with the cleaners they typically use. CDC does not believe any additional disinfection of environmental surfaces beyond the recommended routine cleaning is required.
o Early treatment: People at high risk for influenza complications who become ill with influenza-like illnesses should speak with their health care provider as soon as possible. Early treatment with antiviral medications is very important because it can prevent hospitalization and deaths. People at high risk include those who are pregnant, have asthma or diabetes, have compromised immune systems or have neuromuscular diseases.