Seasonal Flu, Whooping Cough and H1N1 Information
The seasonal flu and H1N1 flu can be unpredictable and can spread easily from person to person. School-age children are among the groups most affected as the H1N1 flu. As a District, Socorro ISD is not being complacent because of the decrease in the reported cases, we are still taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of illness in your child's school and we continue to need your help.
We are working closely with local health officials to monitor flu conditions and to make the best decisions regarding our schools. We are doing everything we can to protecting the health and safety of students, staff and the community. Our operational staff continues to clean and disinfect all school buildings and buses daily. In addition, all campus nurses are prepared to identify and assist students and staff that may become ill while at school. Finally, we are stressing the importance of good hygiene habits while at school and home to help prevent the spread of flu.
These are a few things you can do to help your family.
- Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water.
- Teach your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing or sneezing into the inside of the elbow, not their hands.
- Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms include fever of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
- Keep your sick children out of school until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication. Please let your school nurse know that your child is out with flu-like symptoms when calling to report an absence. As with any illness, we encourage you to consult with your child's health care provider.
- Check with your health care provider about getting yourself and your children vaccinated for seasonal (regular) flu now and H1N1 flu when available.
- Contact the City of El Paso Department of Public Health to schedule an appointment to receive a free H1N1 vaccines for your family members by calling 212-0200 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For more information on the flu in our community, the public can call 2-1-1 or log onto the following Web sites.