H1N1 Influenza Virus Information & Resources
The Santa Clara Public Health Department asks that the following health precautions be followed:
- Parents of students/children are asked to be the first-line of defense by keeping their child home if they display flu like symptoms. Those symptoms include fever, coughing, running nose, sore throat, head and body aches, lack of appetite, general weakness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
- Schools are also requested to monitor student health in general and, if needed, send students home that display the flu like symptoms.
Further recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control ask that:
- Students, faculty or staff with influenza-like symptoms should stay home and not attend school or go into the community, except to seek medical care, for at least 7 days even if symptoms resolve sooner.
- Students, faculty or staff who continue to be sick 7 days after they have become ill should continue to stay home from school until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.
- Students, faculty and staff should follow sanitary measures to reduce the spread of influenza, including covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, frequently washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer if hand washing with soap and water is not possible.
We would like to thank our students, parents, staff, and community for their cooperation to limit the severity of this potential health crisis by adhering to the advice of our local public health officials.
We invite you to explore many helpful resources listed on our web site, including the Home Care Guide: Providing Care At Home During Pandemic Flu.
For parents looking for information on how to talk to children about the H1N1 Influenza Virus, refer to the information sheet developed by the National Association of School Psychologists
Prevention and Minimizing the Spread of the H1N1 Influenza Virus
To prevent and minimize the spread of the H1N1 Influenza Virus:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds each time, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- Stay home if you become ill.
- Call in to your school if your child becomes ill showing the symptoms listed above.
Information on the H1N1 Influenza Virus also is available by calling the Santa Clara County Public Health Information Line at (408) 885-3980.
H1N1 Influenza Virus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)