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:
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.
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