Influenza has been reported in Newberg schools. It is not known whether or not this is H1N1 influenza because doctors and emergency rooms are not testing for H1N1 flu.
Anyone with influenza needs to remain at home. Influenza is a viral illness characterized by a fever above 100o, a cough, sore throat, body aches chills nausea and fatigue. H1N1 flu symptoms are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu.
If students become sick with respiratory symptoms and a fever at school, the school office will notify parents or guardians to pick up their student and take them home or to a health-care provider. Emergency telephone contacts will be made in the event parent or guardians cannot be reached. Please make sure your student's school has current contact information for you at home and at school.
Students should not return to school until they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, for 24 hours without using fever-reducing drugs.
Influenza is highly contagious and is spread mainly from person to person when people with influenza cough or sneeze. We are doing everything we can to keep schools functioning as usual. Here are recommended ways to reduce the spread of illness:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Keep sick children home
- CDC recommends vaccination
Please contact the school office if your child is sick. More information about H1N1 influenza is available on the school district website including links to local and federal health resources.