Swine Flu (H1N1) Information
Swine Flu Statement
September 14 , 2009
Yoakum ISD is closely monitoring the swine flu situation in Texas, and we have been in contact with representatives of the local Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is considered by public health officials to be a relatively mild strain of swine flu, and has proven to be responding well to treatment.
Officials from DeWitt and Lavaca counties recommend that school personnel and parents monitor students for flu-like symptoms such as fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, and sore throat. Other symptoms may include runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Parents are encouraged to take their child to their physician if any flu-like symptoms develop.
Health officials also advise the public to follow standard precautions to reduce the spread of any respiratory illness, including the following:
- Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others. Do not return to school and/or work until fever free for 24 hours.
- Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Avoid unnecessary travel to Mexico.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has established a toll-free hotline (1-888-777-5320) for anyone who would like additional information about swine flu, or you may contact the local Health Department.
The Texas Education Agency encourages parents to:
Monitor their children. Those with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
Review the resources from the Department of State Health Services www.texasflu.org and additional resources at www.tea.state.tx.us
Here are some documents you may find useful.