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School Nurse Recommendations For Swine Flu or H1N1

School nurses across the nation have been recommending the following parenting guides in combating the swine flu, H1N1 and seasonal flu.  These recommendations come from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Swine-Flu-H1N1-Sign3On September 17, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced a new recommendation calling for a lengthier exclusion from school for students who are at greater risk for complications should they become ill with novel H1N1 influenza. The new recommendations applies to students who attend early childhood programs and those who are considered medically fragile.  Medically fragile students include severe and profound mental impairments and students who have special medical needs. The new recommendation also applies to the school staff members who serve these students. The new MDH recommendation says students in these groups, and the staff members who serve them, who contract an influenza-like illness must remain home from school/work for:

  •  7 days after symptoms begin, or
  • 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications, or which ever is longer.

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When To Get Medical Help For Flu Symptoms

Get medical help immediately for these symptoms:

Children

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not urinating or no tears when crying
  • Severe or repeated vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Pain or pressure in chest or belly
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Flu-like symptoms that get better but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

Adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or belly
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or repeated vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that get better but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Severe dehydration

Many U.S. states have a Flu Line.  Here’s the Minnesota Flu Line.  To find your state’s flu line, go to: www.yourstate/flu.org

Minnesota FluLine: 1-866-259-4655

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