Notice to Parents

Swine Flu Information

Parent Information:

Many of you have likely heard reports of Influenza A (H1N1) in the news in recent days. There is currently no need to be alarmed in the Fort Wayne area, but we should maintain an informed sense of caution when dealing with flu-like illnesses.

Influenza A (H1N1) is a respiratory disease caused by Type A Influenza. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) are closely monitoring human cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus infection identified in the United States. If an outbreak occurs and a school needs to be closed, that decision will be made by ISDH in conjunction with IDOE and the local school district.

Below is some basic information about Influenza A (H1N1). More information can be found at

www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm

or www.in.gov/isdh or www.fighttheflu.org . The Department of Health has

  • High fever/chills (over 100 degrees)
  • Sore throat
  • Dry nonproductive cough
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Runny nose (sometimes)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes)

Infectious period:

Persons with Influenza A (H1N1) virus infection should be considered potentially contagious for up to 7 days following illness onset.

Public health measures for general public:

In areas with confirmed human cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, the risk for infection can

be reduced through a combination of simple actions. No single action will provide complete protection, but

an approach combining the following steps can help decrease the likelihood of transmission. These actions

include:

  • Frequent hand washing.
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Staying home and away from others if you are sick.

Calling your doctor if you have flu-like symptoms (medications are available if Swine Flu is suspected.

We will continue to share new information on the district website as it becomes available.

Public hotline for questions or concerns: 260-449-7506, available from 8-5 pm, Monday-Friday at this time.

Signs and symptoms are much like seasonal influenza: