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Health & Safety Info

Flu Information 

The Oregon Public Health Flu Website
Know the Difference between Cold and Flu Symptoms
SYMPTOMCOLDFLU
FeverFever is rare with a cold. Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu. 
CoughingA hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold. A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough). 
AchesSlight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the flu. 
Stuffy NoseStuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu. 
ChillsChills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the flu experience chills. 
TirednessTiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu. 
SneezingSneezing is commonly present with a cold. Sneezing is not common with the flu. 
Sudden SymptomsCold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. 
HeadacheA headache is fairly uncommon with a cold. A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases. 
Sore ThroatSore throat is commonly present with a cold. Sore throat may be present with the flu. 
Chest DiscomfortChest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold. Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu. 
The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.
 
H1N1 FACTS

Columbia County Public Health has provided the following information (fromhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm) concerning the virus:

"The symptoms of this new H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this new H1N1 virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. "

"At the current time, CDC believes that this virus has the same properties in terms of spread as seasonal flu viruses. With seasonal flu, studies have shown that people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick."

ODE Communicable Disease Measures - Guidelines for Exclusion (OAR 581-022-0705) Students should be excluded from school if they exhibit:

  1. Fever greater than 100
  2. Vomiting
  3. Stiff neck or headache with fever
  4. Any rash with or without fever
  5. Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy, or somnolence
  6. Jaundice (yellow color or skin or eyes)
  7. Diarrhea (3 watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever)
  8. Skin lesions that are "weepy" (fluid or pus-filled)
  9. Colored drainage from eyes or ears
  10. Brown/green drainage from nose with fever or complaints of illness
  11. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; serious, sustained cough
  12. Symptoms or complaints that prevent the student from participating in his/her usual school activities, such as persistent cough, with or without presence of fever, or
  13. Student requires more care that the school staff can safely provide

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON H1N1

How does novel H1N1 virus spread? 
Spread of novel H1N1 virus is thought to occur in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?
People infected with seasonal and novel H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after.

If I have a family member at home who is sick with novel H1N1 flu, should I go to work?
Employees who are well but who have an ill family member at home with novel H1N1 flu can go to work as usual. These employees should monitor their health every day, and take everyday precautions including washing their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.* If they become ill, they should notify their supervisor and stay home. Employees who have an underlying medical condition or who are pregnant should call their health care provider for advice, because they might need to receive influenza antiviral drugs to prevent illness.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean withalcohol-based hand cleaner*. CDC recommends that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

How long can influenza virus remain viable on objects (such as books and doorknobs)?
Studies have shown that influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on the surface.

What’s the incubation period for H1N1 flu?  Flu symptoms usually develop within three to four days of contact with an infected person, though it may take up to seven days.

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Safety Training:

SafeSchools Training is an online compliance management system that allows schools districts across the state of Oregon to easily train staff members on school-related safety issues to demonstrate state and federal compliance with safety mandates. SafeSchools courses have been authored by nationally renowned experts, and has been endorsed by a number of school boards and superintendent associations nationwide.

As a district parent or volunteer you may register to take suggested training: 

Playground Supervision

Bullying: Recognition & Response 

Summer Meals Volunteers please register and take these courses:

Civil Rights in Food Service

Boundary Invasion

 

Use the “quick link” registration URLhttps://parent-or.safeschools.com/login

  • Click on or enter the address above into your internet browser
  • You will be taken to the registration page
  • Click on the "Register" button then enter user key as shown below
  • Fill in your your basic information and create a username

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