Nassau Co. schools prepare for swine flu

September 8, 2009 7:08:59 PM PDT
One day before the start of the school year and school officials, parents and students are gearing up for something they have little control over -- swine flu. "I'm worried, but we just have to take precautions," one parent said.

Nassau County officials unveiled their plan of attack, which focuses on prevention. They're following guidelines just issued by the federal government. For example, stay home when you are sick, separate ill students from students and staff, and practice good hygiene.

In addition to weekly conference calls between school and health officials, vaccinations will become available to the public. Doctors are encouraging parents to take advantage of the opportunity.

"I'm going to for my whole family so they don't get sick," one parent said.

Of course preventing the virus from spreading is more challenging when it comes to playgrounds and contact sports. Last week one school district instituted a no touching policy

You can find out more from the Nassau County School District by visiting their website at https://www.edline.net/pages/Nassau_County_School_District.

Town hall meetings will also be held at the following locations:

Farmingdale public library
Sept
16 12pm to 2pm
7pm to 9pm

Plainedge public library
Sep 22
2 30pm to 3 30pm
7pm to 9pm


NEW YORK SWINE FLU RESOURCE GUIDE

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

From New York City Health Department

Facts about flu
http://www.nyc.gov/flu

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

General information about swine flu
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu

Swine Flu Case Definitions
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/casedef_swineflu.htm

Swine Flu Infection Control and Patient Care
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm

Preventing the Flu
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

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