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HEALTH ALERT           

All nurses, everywhere, have been busy assimilating all the latest information on the H1N1 virus.  As we stated in the notices sent home to all schools this week, there are some simple guidelines to follow:   

Keep your child home if they have flu like symptoms to avoid spreading the virus. 

Flu like symptoms include:

  • Fever (over 100.4 degrees F) with a cough and or sore throat. 
  • Runny nose, stuffy nose, headache, body aches, tiredness and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea. 

Children should be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol, Motrin or Advil or other fever reducers. 

PREVENTION

  • Consider getting your child both the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 shot
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, not into your bare hands.  Be sure to discard any used tissue
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Wash hands frequently especially after coughing or sneezing
  • Use hand sanitizers if soap and water is not available

These are example websites of good hygiene

Show this website especially to your older children:

And for the younger children:

FLU VACCINE IS NOT MANDATORY.  PARENTS SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR PEDIATRICIANS AND PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS FOR GUIDANCE

Flu Clinics

There are no plans for the schools to do seasonal flu immunizations at this time.  It is best to check with your pediatrician and follow his advice.

This seasonal immunization is currently available at you pediatrician/primary care physician’s office.  Please check with them and follow their advice.

H1N1  PLANS FOR THE Norwood Public Schools

There are plans being developed to administer H1N1 vaccinations through the schools when it becomes available. (Hopefully in mid to late October).  Stay tuned --- because these plans are changing every day.

Tentative plans are as such:

Preschool and kindergarteners will NOT be getting the H1N1 vaccine in school.  It is up to parents to consult with their pediatricians.

Grades 1-5 will be offered the vaccine before and after school with a parent present.  Each school will have a morning and afternoon session.

The CMS and NHS will be offering the vaccine during school hours with parental permission.  Parents do not have to be present.

 

And by all means keep yourself informed.  Beware of Internet sites that offer false information and treatments. Use reliable web sites such as the CDC and the Mass Department of Public Health.  Other sites you may want to check out include:  

 
 

 

 

 

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