Friday, October 23, 2009

News Release - District revises H1N1 Notification Procedures

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, October 23,

District Revises H1N1 Notification Procedures

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Unified has updated its procedures regarding the
H1N1 flu virus based on recommendations by the San Diego County Health
and Human Services Agency:

* Effective this week, school principals will advise parents and staff
in the event of an H1N1 outbreak, as defined by the California
Department of Public Health.

* Students and staff who are not ill should come to school each day,
including schools where an outbreak has occurred. Schools are being
given updated instructions to protect the health of our students and

* Students and staff with flu symptoms may return when fever-free for 24
hours without the use of fever-reducing medication during those 24

* Children with underlying health conditions (including asthma, immune
system problems, neuromuscular disorders, diabetes, sickle cell anemia
and pregnancy) who experience flu symptoms should contact their doctor
as they may be eligible for an anti-viral medication.

Early next week, parents will receive a letter from the district,
reinforcing preventative measures to take both at home and at school,
plus resources to educate students on staying well.

Visit the district H1N1 website to review the latest information.

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Note to reporters and editors: San Diego Unified's medical consultant,
Howard Taras, M.D., is available to speak with the media through his
UCSD paging operator at (619) 543-6737. Please identify yourself as
media calling specifically for Dr. Taras.

Jennie Breister
Information Services Specialist
SDUSD Communications Department
619-725-5598 phone
619-725-5576 fax

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