Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu Prevention Tips & Info

IYL follows most of the policies of the Issaquah School District and we encourage everyone to follow their recomendations. If your young player is feeling sick, it is best to stay home from games, practices and league events. We will have hand sanitizing materials for everyone attending our annual IYL Family Picnic & BBQ this Saturday.

Here is the ISD mail from Dr. Rasmussen:

Dear Issaquah School District Community,

As you are aware, there have been confirmed cases of Swine Flu reported across the United States in the last few weeks. I want to reassure you that at the District and school level, we are working closely with local health agencies to make sure we are responding appropriately. We are in regular contact with health officials; school nurses have been advising staff and students about practices to stop the spread of viruses; as in all high-flu seasons, custodians are being extra vigilant about cleaning and sanitizing facilities thoroughly; administrators are reviewing pandemic illness procedures; and, in the event of any incidents of concern at a school building, we will immediately contact Seattle & King County Public Health and follow health experts’ advice about how to best proceed.
As a proactive measure, Seattle & King County Public Health has asked schools to distribute basic information and tips that will help community members act in an informed way in the midst of a frenzy of media stories and public concern. Swine Flu in people is characterized by fever (100° or more), sore throat, cough, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue. The illness may last up to seven days, but people are considered to be contagious as long as symptoms persist. Anyone with mild flu-like symptoms should monitor the situation and telephone a physician for consultation if necessary.
What you can do to prevent the spread of Swine Flu:
· Sneeze or cough into a tissue, elbow or sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are also effective.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread can be spread that way.
· If you are sick, stay home.
Please remember that students should stay home when they have any of the above symptoms!
For more information on the Swine Flu, please visit:
Awareness and good health practices are the best ways to prevent Swine Flu and all of the other illnesses that can often spread in public venues. Thank you for your help as we continue to monitor the situation at the school and District levels.

Dr. Steve Rasmussen

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