H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. The virus is spread from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread. We are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu in Camden County Schools, but we need your help to do this.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
- Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils, and to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after it has been used.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever of 100 degrees or greater, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, nausea and/or diarrhea.
- Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without fever-reducing drugs.
- Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
This year’s seasonal flu vaccine will also contain the H1N1 vaccine, so only one vaccine is needed..
We are work closely with Albemarle Regional Health Services and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools. We will keep you updated as needed.
Below is the location and contact information for the local Health Department:
Camden County Health Department
160 U.S. 158, Bldg. B
Camden, NC 27921
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Please contact the local Health Department for more information.
For more information about influenza go to http://cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm or www.flu.gov
For information on H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) go to http://cdc.gov/h1n1flu/