CDC offers guidance for school responses to the H1N1 flu

Aug 11

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance to help decrease the spread of flu among students and school staff during the 2009-2010 school year. The recommendations include separating ill students and staff, early treatment for high-risk individuals, and routine cleaning of the school environment. Furthermore, the CDC states that the decision to dismiss students should be made locally and should balance the goal of reducing the number of people who become seriously ill or die from influenza with the goal of minimizing social disruption and safety risks to children sometimes associated with school dismissal. It should be noted that this guidance is designed for K-12 schools. Pre-kindergarten, early childhood, college and university guidance will be forthcoming. For complete guidance on K-12 school response to H1N1 flu, ….. visit the CDC Web site.