Notes from North Knox Nurses

What You Need to Know About H1N1

Many of you have been concerned with the risk of contracting the H1N1 Virus, as well as the school's plan for handling this.  As healthcare workers, we are taking your concerns seriously.  We want you to know that we are doing everything in our power to keep your children, our students, as healthy and risk free as possible.  The number one preventative to any infection is washing your hands.  The virus is spread through transmission of person to person.  This happens when a person sneezes and/or coughs into his or her hands, or has touched his or her eyes, mouth or nose and then touches someone or something another person has contact with.  The virus can be spread 1 - 2 days before symptoms occur, and up to 7 days after they occur, which is why hand washing is so important.  Symptoms of the H1N1 virus are:  fever, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches or vomiting and diarrhea.  In almost all cases of H1N1 temperature is 100.0 and above.  If your child has a fever accompanied by one of these symptoms, it is possible they have either the Seasonal flu or even H1N1.  Children who are ill should stay home from school.  Please do not send your child to school with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea.  Some guidelines of when to watch your child at home, seek your primary physician, or urgent care are as follows:

Watch At Home

symptoms less than 24 - 48 hours

* Fever at home 100 or above

Call Your Physician

symptoms worsen or last longer than 48 hours

*  Fever 100 or more lasting longer than 48 hrs

 

<symptoms below accompanied with fever>

Seek Emergency Care

symptoms become suddenly worse or physician is unavailable

* Fever over 103

* Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

*Sore Throat

*Body Aches

*Runny or Stuffy Nose

*Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

*Sore Throat

*Body Aches

*Increased Congestion

 *Confusion

* Sudden Dizziness

*Pain/pressure in abdomen or chest

**Bluish or Gray Skin Color

*Fast or Trouble Breathing

*Not Drinking Enough Fluids

Remember you are the parent and you know your child better than anyone else does, which makes you the best judge of the appropriateness of seeking your primary care physician.

Guidelines that we are implementing at this time for North Knox Schools of when your child may return to school

If your child has any of these symptoms, we are asking that they be kept home from school for twenty-four hours after the symptom has stopped.

If you are questioning when your child may return, please feel free to call the school for further guidance.

For further information on H1N1 please visit the CDC or your local health department at:

www.cdc.gov

www.fwhealth.org

Thank you for your cooperation and STAY HEALTHY!!!