We want to let you know that according to information provided to us by the Public Health Department, there is now a confirmed case of the Swine/H1N1 Flu at the King Open School. That child is recovering at home.
Additionally, there are currently three students and one staff member at the high school who are out sick with flu like symptoms. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has advised health care professionals and agencies to treat suspected Swine/H1N1 Flu cases as they would treat typical seasonal flu outbreaks. Therefore, most individuals are no longer being tested by private doctors and health agencies unless they meet certain high risk criteria.
None of the individuals at the high school are believed to meet high risk criteria and are not expected to be tested. Also the CDC no longer recommends school closure and maintains that the best way to deal with the flu is to continue to practice the following:
- early identification of flu symptoms;
- remain out of school for 7 days if you catch the flu;
- follow healthy hand hygiene procedures;
- follow appropriate cough etiquette.
It is highly likely that we will be experiencing more flu cases over the next several weeks and we urge all parents and students to be diligent in following the guidelines outlined above. For more information, visit the Cambridge Public Health Department website at http://www.cambridgepublichealth.org.