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H1N1 - Novel Flu Information for Tennessee Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 27 August 2009

     In preparation of Influenza season, the Lexington City School System would like to provide parents with the latest information from the State Department of Education. The "Read More" link below will provide you with an updated letter from the State Deptartment of Education regarding absences incurred from Flu related illnesses as well as general preventative measures you can take to help insure the safety and well being of your child. For questions and/or concerns regarding these matters, please contact your school nurse.


State Department

The Tennessee Department of Health is the state's foremost resource for information related to swine flu. All information can be found at http://health.state.tn.us/swineflu.htm.

The Tennessee Department of Health continues to work with the Department of Education and other federal, state and local agencies to prepare to respond to the outbreak of a novel flu virus, commonly referred to as H1N1 flu.

The state of Tennessee prepares continually and has a thorough plan in place to respond to a potential threat to public health in Tennessee.  The Tennessee Department of Health has nationally-known medical experts who are trained to implement a state-level effort necessary to ensure health and well-being of Tennessee residents. 

Children in child care facilities and schools easily share viral infections because of their close contact, inadequate hand hygiene, and because they may have higher quantities of virus in their respiratory secretions for a longer time than an adult.

The Department of Health’s Web site has detailed information on H1N1 virus. It will be updated regularly to provide any new information that may be useful to you. It is available here: http://health.state.tn.us/swineflu.htm General information from the CDC is available here: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu .


District and building-level emergency response plans, as required under TCA 49-6-801, should include a specific focus upon pandemic influenza concerns. Additional information, including new guidance documents, can be found at http://www.tennessee.gov/education/learningsupport/schsafetyctr/PandemicFluPreparedness1.shtml

In general, school staff should work closely with local public health officials as well as local government officials when making decisions regarding school dismissal, closings and reopening. If you have a school closing due to the N1H1 (Type A Swine) flu inform our office as soon as possible so that we may communicate this information to US DOE and CDC officials.

Posted from: http://www.tennessee.gov/education/SwineFluInfo.shtml

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2009 )
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