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Taking Care of Yourself If You Are Sick

If you have been diagnosed with H1N1 (swine) flu, you should stay home, follow your doctor’s orders, and watch for signs that you need immediate medical attention.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you stay at home until you have been free of fever (100°F or 37.8°C), or signs of a fever, for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially those who might easily get the flu, such as people age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, young children, and infants.
  • Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after using tissues or coughing/sneezing into your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wear a facemask when sharing common spaces with other household members to help prevent spreading the virus to others. This is especially important if other household members are at high risk for complications from influenza. See Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use to Reduce Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Transmission.
  • Drink clear fluids such as water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages made for infants to prevent becoming dehydrated.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Get medical attention right away if you:
    • Have difficulty breathing or chest pain
    • Have purple or blue discoloration of your lips
    • Are vomiting and unable to keep liquids down, or
    • Show signs of dehydration, such as feeling dizzy when standing or being unable to urinate

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Caring for a Sick Person at Home

If you are taking care of someone at home who has novel H1N1 flu, you should protect yourself and other people in the household.

  • Avoid being face-to-face with the sick person. When holding small children who are sick, place their chin on your shoulder so that they will not cough in your face.
  • If close contact with a sick individual is unavoidable, consider wearing a facemask or respirator, if available and tolerable. For more information, see Facemasks and Respirators .
  • Ask the person’s health care provider about any special care that might be needed, especially if the person is pregnant or has a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.
  • Ask the patient’s health care provider whether the patient or you, as the caregiver, should take antiviral medications.
  • Keep the sick person away from other people as much as possible, especially others who are at high risk of complications from influenza.
  • Make sure everyone in the household cleans their hands often, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Ask your healthcare provider if household contacts of the sick person—particularly those contacts who may have chronic health conditions—should take antiviral medications such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) to prevent getting the flu.
  • Get medical care right away if the patient
    • Has difficult breathing or chest pain
    • Has purple or blue discoloration of the lips
    • Is vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
    • Shows signs of dehydration, such as feeling dizzy when standing, being unable to urinate, or (in infants) crying without shedding tears
    • Has seizures (for example, uncontrolled convulsions), or
    • Is less responsive than normal or becomes confused.

The full article can be found here.

Action Steps for Teachers

September 24, 2009

Here is a straightforward and useful set of steps you can take to mitigate H1N1 now.

The White House
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Dear Students,

I’m sorry you don’t feel well. If I had a magic wand I’d take it away. One way to fight off the blues that come with the flu is to keep your mind active. Here’s a way to do just that and become a knowledgeable citizen.  Read over the White House Blog and tell us what you find? Remember even when you aren’t feeling well you always having something to contribute!

Be well, Be informed, Be Well Informed!

Yours truly,

Ms. Caplan

p.s. If you have any questions or need someone to complain to about how much it hurts…

I care,




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elmo, recovered
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The White House has enlisted Elmo on Sesame Street to help children understand the flu and healthy steps they can take to remain well.  A wonderful You Tube video can be viewed here for moms, dads, sisters and brothers to watch with the younger members of their household who might be a little scared.

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Beginning tonight the district will be hosting town halls at varied sites throughout the city for questions, concerns, planning and response. For more information on the town halls please visit:

Here is the schedule of events posted thus far.

  • Sept. 16: U.S. Grant HS Auditorium
  • Sept. 22: John Marshall HS Auditorium
  • Sept. 23: Southeast HS Auditorium
  • Sept. 24: Rogers Middle School Cafeteria in Spencer
  • Sept. 29: Northwest Classen HS Auditorium
  • There will be spanish translation services available please disseminate widely.

    Hand washing poster from Yale
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    From the New York Times. Handwashing goes a long way to stave off the flu.

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