Flu - H1N1 Update
The Seasonal Flu and H1N1 are caused by viruses. A virus is a microorganism smaller than a bacteria and must have a living cell to survive. A virus invades our bodyand useds its chemical machinery to keep itself alive. It then replicates with or without changes. The virus is then spread through respiratory secretions and commonly toughed objects such as door knobs, phones, computers and toys.
The number one prevention of spreading a virus is hand washing. Use soap and water and wash both side of your hands and between fingers and thumb for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol is a good substitute if soap and water is not available.
Signs and Symptoms of the Flu include:
High fever, cough/chest discomfort, congestion/runny nose, body
aches,fatigue, headache, sore throat, vomiting and dairrhea (more
common with H1N1).
If your child does exhibit some of these symptoms, please keep them home. A student must be free of fever (temperature < 100 degrees) for at least 24 hours without any medication before they can return to school. Please notify the school if your child is home ill, 817-547-2200.
Seasonal flu vaccine is available in the community. Check with your Health Care Provider. H1N1 vaccine should be available mid to late October. Targeted populations to receive the vaccine include pregnant women, people who live or care for children younger than 6 mths or age, persons between the ages of 6 mths and 24 y/o., people ages 25-64 y/o who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.