H1N1 Flu Prevention Tips!

As the flu season begins and cases of swine flu are continuing to grow in number (especially within the school system), it is important to be aware of ways that you can reduce your child’s likelihood of contracting any strain of the flu virus.

Easy precautionary tips to give your children:
*Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol based anti-bacterial hand sanitizing product.
*Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and wash your hands afterwards. When a tissue is unavailable sneeze or cough into your elbow, arm or sleeve as opposed to your hand.
*Do not share personal items such as drinks, food or utensils.
*Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Flu symptoms include fever (100 degrees F, 37.8 degrees C or higher), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and fatigue.

What to do if your child does become sick:
*Don’t send your child to school if they are sick.
*Call and notify your tutor that your child is sick.
*Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after fever has passed (without fever reducing drugs) in order to reduce the chances of infecting others.

For our clients, please let your tutor know your child is sick. We are happy to help you reschedule!

Useful websites:
Public Health Seattle & King County
Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control

November 5, 2009
Pacific Learning Academy