Swine Flu: Recommendations For School, Childcare Closures
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released revised recommendations for school and child care facility closures due to swine (novel H1N1) flu. Mississippi continues to have no confirmed cases of swine (novel H1N1) flu at this time.
According to the CDC, schools are no longer recommended to close based on the confirmation of local cases of swine (novel H1N1) flu. This new recommendation was made based on the availability of more information on the virus’s transmission and severity of illness. The illness currently being caused by this flu virus is believed to be similar to that typically caused by seasonal influenza.
Any school in Mississippi considering closure should first consult with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) and the Mississippi Department of Education for the latest information and advice. At this time, the CDC recommends focusing on the early identification of the illness among students and staff. Those identified as ill should stay home until they are well.
MSDH continues to closely monitor its statewide surveillance of flu-like symptoms. Prevention is the best method of protection against swine (novel H1N1) flu. Wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your sleeve and avoid close contact with those who are sick.