Swine flu robo-dial from our school district.

Monrovia Unified started a robo-dial campaign earlier this afternoon on the topic of the swine flue concerns.  And a little rumor control was added in for good measure in terms of confirming no one in the district has been diagnosed as having the swine flu.

You can read the full text after the jump, short version is no one in MUSD has been diagnosed with the flu.  Nor has anyone in LA County.   The district is taking measures to ensure there won’t be a problem and asks we talk with the kids to remind them what to do.  Basics like don’t sneeze or cough on anyone and for gawd’s sake wash your grubby little  mits often.  (Emphasis on the latter added by me).

Anyone else in the LA Metro area have their schools contact them on the topic yet?The full text direct from the school web:

Many of you have already heard about the recent outbreaks of “Swine Flu”. We would like to take this time to update you regarding the situation and give you information as to how you can protect yourselves and your families.

Swine Flu is a respiratory disease of pigs and humans do not normally get swine flu, however, there have been human cases of type A Influenza virus (H1N1), which is now known to cause “Swine Flu”. The swine influenza originated in Mexico City, Mexico and has since spread to the United States. At this time, swine influenza has affected California, Kansas, New York City, Ohio, Texas, San Diego, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico.

As of April 27, 2009 there have been 40 confirmed cases in the United States, 7 of which have been in California. 

There have not been any confirmed cases in L.A. County as of April 26, 2009. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending that we follow basic precautions in order to protect ourselves and our students.

Basic precautions include the following:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs can spread easily this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with individuals who are sick since Influenza is thought to be spread from person-to-person mainly through the coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you get sick, please stay home from work or school and limit contact with others.
  • Practice other good health habits including getting plenty of sleep, remaining physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious meals.

Please rest assured that the school district is doing everything that they can to prevent the spread of any illness. We encourage all of our students and staff to frequently wash their hands. We will be posting additional flyers to remind staff and students of proper hand washing techniques. In addition, we ensure that all bathrooms and surfaces are cleaned daily in order to prevent the spread of germs.

We ask that you do your part at home as well to keep yourself and your family safe. Please remember to wash your hands frequently and have the entire family join you. If you or your child should become sick, especially if you experience flu-like symptoms, please contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY. Please stay home from daycare, work, or school and avoid contact with other individuals. Your health care provider will determine if influenza testing is necessary. Please be sure to notify your physician if you or your child has recently traveled to any of the affected areas. In addition, parents can help us by informing us IMMEDIATELY if their child comes down with any flu-like symptoms. Prompt diagnosis by your child’s physician also will help us provide our community with ACCURATE INFORMATION rather than relying on rumors.

You can find additional information regarding the swine influenza as well as updates at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the L.A.County Public Health Department website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ and http://www.lapublichealth.org.

Monrovia Unified School District