Federal Government School Guidance For Influenza Season

(Posting Date: 8/10/2009)

The Federal Government recently announced the updated school guidance for the influenza season for the 2009-2010 school year. 

The Key strategies of  include:

1. Keep sick kids and staff home
2. The importance of washing hands
3. The importance of covering a cough.

Two major changes from the Spring 2009 guidance include:

1. The period of exclusion should be 24 hours after the fever is gone
2. School closures need to be a local decision.

The guidance also includes considerations should the virus become more virulent. They stressed:

 1. The importance of remaining flexible because this continues to be an evolving situation
 2. Vaccine is the strongest defense

Click here to download the government's guidelines.


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