Swine Flu: Important Update 08.07.09

8th July 2009

Dear Parent

We are writing to inform you that a child in school has been diagnosed with the swine flu that is circulating at the moment. The child is receiving treatment and is recovering well.

We have taken advice from the Health Protection Unit and we want to reassure you that there is no need for concern. This swine flu is proving to be a mild disease, and most affected children/adults are poorly for just a few days. Although in some schools it appears to have spread quite rapidly between the children, there is now evidence that this flu is spreading through the community outside schools. For this reason, closing the school is very unlikely to help stop the spread of the flu virus.

Because there is only one pupil at the school with swine flu, and no evidence of spread within the school, the Health Protection Unit are not recommending that our pupils are given anti-viral medicine as a prophylaxis. Anti-viral medicine is not a vaccine and does not give long term protection against the flu.

The school will continue to take the necessary hygiene precautions already in place to prevent the spread of infection. Parents are requested to reinforce the importance of thorough hand washing and sneezing/coughing into a tissue and disposing of it appropriately.

In line with HPU advice, Caroline Chisholm School will remain open as normal and parents will be kept informed of any further developments. Information about the current situation and any further developments will be posted on the school website.

We ask that you keep a close eye on your child for the next few days and if they have symptoms of flu to keep them at home, let us know at the school, and contact your own GP or NHS Direct (0845 4647) for advice.

The symptoms of flu are:

  • Fever, usually of 38oC or above, plus two of the following symptoms
  • Headache
  • Respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea.

Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell with flu.

Yours sincerely

Joe Cowell
Vice Principal