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Child in school has been diagnosed with suspected swine flu

Swine flu has been found in daughter's school , this is letter from the headteacher to all parents:

Dear Parent,

We are writing to inform you a child in school has been diagnosed with suspected swine flu that is circulating at the moment. The child is receiving treatment as a precautionary measure and is recovering well.

We want to reassure you that there is no need for concern. We have taken advice from the Health Protection Unit and the Local Authority. This swine flu is proving to be a mild disease and most affected children/adult are poorly for just a few days.

The school will remain open as normal. Closing the school is very unlikely to help to stop the spread of the flu virus as it is now spreading through the community outside schools. However, as a further measure, we advise children to use tissues, cover any coughs or sneezes and throw away used tissues in the bin and to was their hands.

Anti-viral medicine is only being given to those who have swine flu symptoms. It is not being given out as a preventative measure.

Please keep a close eye on your child for any flu like symptoms in the next few days. The symptoms are:
  • fever, usually of 38 degrees or above, plus two of the following symptoms
    1. headache
    2. respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose
    3. muscle aches and pains
    4. Vomiting/diarrhoea

If your child has any symptoms of flu, please follow this advice:
  • keep your child at home
  • let us know at school by telephone
  • contact your own GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647 for advice.
Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell with flu.

We will keep the situation under review with the relevant authorities and will keep you informed of any significant developments. We are committed to do what is best for the safety and welfare of our children.

Thank you for your support.

Your sincerely,

Headteacher

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