Schools prepared for swine flu

  • September 8, 2009
{mosimage}Ontario Catholic schools will be monitoring the swine flu and reinforcing the message of good hygiene when school starts on Sept. 8.

Halton Catholic District School Board staff will be meeting with the local health department to discuss plans of effectively communicating information about the swine flu, also known as the HIN1 virus.

Media spokesperson Lisa Stocco said the board’s next steps will be in line with a pandemic plan it established in collaboration with the public board well before the global swine flu concerns surfaced in April.

At least 16 Halton schools had confirmed cases of students with the virus during the last school year. Before the school year ended, the board had sent letters home to students and parents informing them of the latest news about the virus and advising them to reduce the spread of influenza with safety precautions like coughing and sneezing into one’s sleeve or arm.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board says it will continue to pass along guidelines from the regional health department about proper hand washing and good hygiene to its students. Less than a dozen students were infected with the swine flu this year.

Meanwhile, Catholic boards in Toronto and Durham region have posted community updates on their web sites, along with fact sheets and information about swine flu symptoms.

In Canada, there have been 66 deaths related to the virus. In August, the federal government ordered 50 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine.

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