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ASD District Office
885 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-482-2438
Fax: 541-482-2371
Contact: Samuel Bogdanove, Director of Student Services
Email: 
Hours: 8:00 - 4:30
H1N1 FLU UPDATE

H1N1 (Formerly known as Swine Flu) Information
Last update: 11/19/2009

H1N1 Vaccine Available as of 12/02/2009
12/02/2009
There is plenty of H1N1 vaccine available at Ashland High School for students and for staff who have secondary health conditions. Please call 482-8771 x 226 to schedule an appointment. If you had difficulty getting through last week, please be assured that the phones are working much better now. 


Immunization Vaccine Update 11/19/2009
Ashland School District has received a limited number of vaccines for H1N1 from Jackson County Health Department.

Because there are a limited number of vaccines, they will be made available to the following groups first:
- School age children
- Staff with secondary health conditions

Vaccinations are available in two forms:
Nasal Mist – recommended for individuals up to age 49 who DO NOT have secondary health risks.
Injection – recommended for individuals with secondary health conditions at this time. Secondary health conditions include asthma, diabetes, lung or cardiac issues, or compromised immunity.

Vaccines will be offered free of charge to the above groups.

If you have a student at Ashland High School,
there will be a clinic on Tuesday, November 24. Please call Carol at 482-8771 ext 226. An appointment is required. We have 50 doses of the nasal mist and 100 doses of the injectable vaccine. After our initial supply is exhausted, we will continue to receive vaccine based on request.

If you have a student at another Ashland school, please email Belinda Brown, RN, at Nurse@ashland.k12.or.us for an appointment. You will be notified when your child can receive a vaccine. In grades K – 8, we have 100 doses of the nasal mist and 100 doses of the injectable vaccine. After our initial supply is exhausted, we will continue to receive vaccine based on request.

Parents, non school-age children and other community members can access the H1N1 vaccine through the local county health offices.


FOR OREGON H1N1 FLU UPDATES
http://www.flu.oregon.gov/

ADDITIONAL LINKS
FOR CDC DAILY UPDATES
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/investigation.htm
Home Prepared SNACKS
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?
CDC: What can parents do?
What to do if you SNEEZE video
LETTER TO PARENTS
From Superintendent DiChiro
WHAT'S IN CLASS: Flu Fighter Curricula
DISTRICT FLU PLAN
ASD Pandemic Flu Plan
CDC Continuity of Learning
State of Oregon Influenza Hot Line. Answers to questions about the flu, including local resources:
800-978-3040. Open M-F 8 am to 6 pm.
CDC Q and A for Teachers
What to do if you get sick? Taking care of a sick person at home.
  Do I have the Flu? Self Eval Tool

FAQs

What is H1N1?

H1N1, is a new flu virus that causes respiratory illness in people. The virus spreads the same way seasonal influenza viruses spread - mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with the flu. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Infections from H1N1 flu can be mild to severe. Most cases in the US have been similar to the seasonal flu. However, certain groups are at increased risk of complications from the H1N1 flu. These include pregnant women, infants, children and young adults up to 24 years of age; and those with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or compromised immunity.

What are the schools doing to limit the spread of the disease?

We want to keep the schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season. Some of the action steps we are putting in place are:
  • Proper hand-washing and good hand hygiene will be taught and stressed throughout the year in all classrooms K-8.
  • Lessons will be taught on protecting yourself and others from the flu at all grade levels. (We will stress the importance of coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and immediately disposing of the tissue in a trash can instead of your hand.)
  • Sick students and staff will be moved to a separate room if they arrive at school sick or become sick at school. They will be provided a mask and sent home as soon as possible.
  • Custodial staff will increase their efforts to clean surfaces and items that have frequent hand contact such as desks, doorknobs, keyboards, etc.
  • Adequate, easy access to tissues, running water and soap or hand cleaners will be available.
  • When a vaccine becomes available, we will be providing it for school-aged children whose parents want their child(ren) vaccinated.
  • District Pandemic Flu plan here.ASD Pandemic Flu Plan
How will we know if there is a change in flu conditions or severity?
  • We will be working closely with the Oregon Department of Education and the Jackson County Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.

How do I know if my child should stay home?

Anytime your child is showing symptoms that interfere with their ability to learn in the classroom, you should consider keeping them home.

Your child MUST stay home if your child has a fever of 100º degrees fahrenheit or higher AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING symptoms:

  • Cough/Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
Your child will not be allowed back in school until 24 hours after the fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications).

If I am not sure that my child should stay home, who do I contact?
K – 8 Contact the office manager at your child’s school
9 – 12 Contact the high school attendance office

If I have questions/concerns, who do I call?
K – 8 Belinda Brown, RN 482-1611 ext 105
9 – 12 Judy Blickenstaff, FNP 482-8771 ext 226

How can I help?
  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
  • Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected. (Aspirin or aspirin-containing products should not be used as a fever reducer in children or teenagers as it may cause a rare, but serious illness called Reyes Syndrome.)
  • Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
  • Plan for childcare at home if your child gets sick.
  • Update your emergency contact lists at school. (Make sure that the numbers listed are up to date and accurate and that those people you have listed know that they are designated emergency contacts for the school.)
  • Check with your employer now. If your child contracts the flu, they may be at home for some time. Talk with your employer now and alert them that the Jackson County Department of Health and the Ashland School District are preparing for a possible outbreak of flu this fall. Parents with sick children may need extended time from work to care for them.
  • Donate Hand Sanitizer and boxes of tissues to your child’s classroom.





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