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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Flu Information

H1N1 Novel Virus (Swine Flu) Information

St. Francis Area Schools, like other school districts across the state, has continually monitored updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on the H1N1 Influenza. When it comes to this highly publicized influenza, we know more about it than we did last spring. Because H1N1 acts much like other types of influenza, the symptoms are now referred to as Influenza- Like Illness (ILI). For that reason, you will see future communications referring to H1N1 as ILI or Influenza.

As is the case at other times, we can’t predict what this influenza season will look like. H1N1 is still relatively new and may change; however, guidance from the CDC is similar to the guidance for other types of influenza:

  • Hand washing
  • Properly covering your cough
  • Routine cleaning and sanitation of buildings
  • Staying at home when you are sick
  • Early treatment for individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications

The biggest difference from last spring is that the CDC is now recommending that people with influenza-like illness should stay away from other for at least 24-hours after their fever has diminished. This is a change from their previous stance of 7 days. There also is an emphasis on getting the recommended flu shots as they become available.

Prepare for the flu season now:

  • Plan for child care at home if your child gets sick.
  • Plan to monitor the health of your children when they are sick by checking for fever and other symptoms of influenza-like illnesses every morning before sending them to school.
  • Children under 5 years of age and children with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, are at high risk for serious disease from the flu. Talk to your healthcare provider about a plan to protect your children during the flu season.
  • Identify a separate room in the house for the care of sick family members.

For further information regarding H1N1

Common Cold and Influenza

Information regarding the common cold and influenza

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