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H1N1 (Swine Flu) Update – May 5, 2009 at 4:00pm

posted May 11, 2009, 12:30 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept   [ updated May 11, 2009, 12:31 PM ]
Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its guidelines regarding school closures due to swine flu. Dr. Fenstersheib, Health Officer for Santa Clara County has re-issued guidance to district superintendents based on CDC’s latest recommendation. The new recommendations are to reopen schools as early as tomorrow.

“We are thankful for the cooperation we’ve received from the schools that have closed, and understand the impact these closures have on the entire community,” said Dr. Fenstersheib. “The closing of schools was necessary to help us slow the spread of this illness and gave us time to better understand this new virus.”

As this outbreak unfolded over the last two weeks, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department took a cautious approach to ensure the public’s health, and worked to better understand this new virus. Information gathered over the last week in Santa Clara County and elsewhere in the country show that most U.S. cases have not been severe and are comparable in severity to seasonal influenza.

The cooperation with superintendents, principals, teachers and parents has been outstanding. We are now asking schools to do the following:

  • Each morning, all parents and caregivers should assess all family members and especially school age children for flu symptoms.
  • Students or faculty with flu-like illness should stay home. Anyone who is sick with flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 7 days, even if they no longer have symptoms.
  • If a student or faculty member is sick with flu-like illness for more than 7 days, they should stay home for at least 24 hours after they stopped having symptoms.
  • Schools should screen students and staff for visible signs of flu-like illness when they come to school.
  • If you or your child’s symptoms become more severe, call your doctor, pediatrician or healthcare provider.

Schools Update
The schools that are closed today and recommended to reopen tomorrow are:

  • Branham High School, 1570 Branham Lane, San Jose
  • Delphi Academy & Elan Espirit Preschool, 890 Pomeroy Avenue, Santa Clara
  • Challenger School, 730 Camina Escuela, San Jose
  • Ruskin Elementary School & Sunshine School preschool, 2550 Greengate Drive, San Jose.
  • Daves Avenue Elementary School, 17770 Daves Avenue, Monte Sereno

Additional information including Home Care Guide instructions and checklists for preparing for an influenza emergency, visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website at www.sccphd.org. You can also call 2-1-1 or the Public Health Information Line at 408.885.3980.

Local Situation
As of today, Santa Clara County has seven (7) confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu). An additional ten (10) cases have been identified as “probable” in Santa Clara County. Yesterday, the CDC reported that nationwide, 99% of probable cases are ending up confirmed.

It is important that all residents continue to take preventive measures for protecting themselves and others against transmission of the flu. Please continue to take common sense precautions like covering your cough and washing your hands to stay healthy.

It is important to remember that healthy people who are not ill, injured and not in need of medical care, should stay away from medical offices, clinics and hospitals.

For information about H1N1 (Swine Flu) please call the California Public Health Department toll-free hotline at 1-888-865-0564 (Monday – Friday from 7am to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm) or the Public Health Information Line at 885-3980.

For more information about H1N1 (Swine Flu), visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu For information in Spanish, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu/espanol/influenza-porcina-datos.htm

Santa Clara County Public Health Dept,
May 11, 2009, 12:31 PM