CDC guidance for state and local public health officials and school administrators for school (K-12) responses to influenza during the 2009-2010 school year
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CDC guidance for state and local public health officials and school administrators for school (K-12) responses to influenza during the 2009-2010 school year

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      February 22, 2010, 4:30 PM ET

      This document provides guidance to help decrease the spread of influenza (flu) among students and school staff during the 2009-2010 school year. This document expands upon earlier school guidance documents by providing a menu of tools that school and health officials can choose from based on conditions in their area. It recommends actions to take this school year and suggests strategies to use if CDC finds that the flu starts causing more severe disease. The guidance also provides a checklist for making decisions at the local level. Based on the severity of 2009 H1N1 flu-related illness thus far, this guidance also recommends that students and staff with flu-like illness remain home until 24 hours after resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

      For the purpose of this guidance, “schools” will refer to both public and private institutions providing grades K-12 education to children and adolescents in group settings. The guidance applies to such schools in their entirety, even if they provide services for younger or older students. Guidance for child care settings and institutions of higher education are addressed in separate documents. This guidance represents CDC’s current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person or operate to bind the public.

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      Recommendations for school (K-12) response to flu for the 2009–2010 school year -- Recommended strategies to use now, for flu conditions with severity similar to April-December 2009 of the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak -- Recommended strategies to add in the event of increased flu severity compared to April-December 2009 of the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak -- Deciding on a course of action.
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