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Swine Flu Prevention - Updated



Superintendent's Letter to Parents                              Superintendent's Letter to Parents - Spanish


Updated Guidelines - May 5, 2009:

This message is to update you on current guidance regarding school aged children and children attending child daycare centers who have influenza-like illness.  In response to the outbreak of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1), Public Health - Seattle and King County, as well and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are emphasizing the importance of keeping ill children out of schools and childcare centers as a way to reduce the risk of illness.  Consistent national and local guidelines on this topic have been issued.

Current Guidelines

Children with
1) fever, and
2)any one of the following: sore throat, cough, runny nose, body aches, vomiting, or diarrhea should not attend school or day care and should remain home from school.

Local guidelines are consistent with current national recommendations from the CDC (see:


It is advised that families call their health care provider if the child is ill enough that they would normally see a health care provider, and to use the same judgment they would use during a normal flu season (e.g., if you would not usually see a health care provider for the symptoms your child has now, you do not need to see a health care provider; if you need medical care and don’t have a medical provider or health insurance, call the Community Health Access Program at 800-756-5437. You will not be asked to provide proof of your immigration status).

Information regarding when to keep an ill child at home, other guidance for schools and families, mad additional information for healthcare providers and the public are available on our website:


(click on swine flu).

 Original article from 4/28/2009:

News regarding the Swine flu is headlining our news.  On April 29th, it was reported that there are now probable cases in Washington state. To help prevent this flu, please review the following precautions.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.  Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

These precautions as well as other information regarding this flu can be found on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ Reported Cases (updated every hour)

Additional Resources:


CDC Influenza Division – Podcast with Dr. Joe Bresee - Click Here


Guidance for Professionals - Click Here

Key Facts - Click Here

The King County Health Department - Click Here