Although the push for H1N1 vaccinations seems to be dying down as more and more vaccine has become available, the flu season in Alaska is not over. Typically, cases of influenza seen in Alaska continue well into the spring. With this in mind, we encourage all KPBSD families to continue to remain vigilant in basic disease prevention techniques.
- Continue to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water (or alcohol based hand sanitizer when water is not available) for at least 20 seconds whenever you touch things that may be handled by other people, before eating, and after using the bathroom. Remember, 20 seconds is long enough to sing the "Happy Birthday" song through twice.
- Continue to cover your cough! By covering your cough, and sneezing or coughing into a tissue or even better, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, you keep germs from being shared with others. This simple intervention continues to make a big difference in spreading illness at school and throughout the community!
- Continue to STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK! This includes both children and adults experiencing any of the following symptoms - fever of 100 degrees F or higher, cough, sore throat, runny and/or stuffy nose, headache and/or body aches, chills and/or fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting. This allows schools to remain a safe and healthy place for students, staff, and community members, and we thank you for helping us with this!
- When returning to school or work, remember the 24 hour rule - Following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, one must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without using any fever reducing medication in order to return to school or work. Additionally, KPBSD guidelines support being free of vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before return to school.
- Consider getting vaccinated if you have not done so already - Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Vaccine are both available in all the communities across the Kenai Peninsula. Getting a vaccine at this time of year is very valuable for Alaskans, and our flu season activity seems to continue well into March. Please check with your own health care provider or your local Public Health Center for vaccine availability. Remember, when you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself, but you protect others who may not be able to receive the vaccine themselves.
- For children 9 and under - Remember to follow up with your care provider or local Public Health Center to get the second vaccination, due at least 28 days after receiving the first dose of H1N1 Vaccine. For most KPBSD students who received this at school, the second "booster" dose can be given any time during Christmas Break. We encourage each of you to get this completed before returning to school in January.
Put Your Hands Together
Source: National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID) and National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED)
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Release Date: 10/13/2008