BREAKING: Braeburn Elementary Student Diagnosed With Swine Flu

A student at Braeburn Elementary School has been diagnosed with H1N1 Swine Flu. A letter sent home to parents today by Superintendent Dr. David Sklarz says the student developed symptoms out of state and has not been in school since becoming ill.

Here is the text of the letter sent home to parents today:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We were notified this morning that a Braeburn Elementary School student was confirmed to have the Novel H1N1 virus. This student became symptomatic while out of state and has not attended school since becoming ill.

The ill student has been asked to stay home to fully recuperate for at least 7 days, or at least 24 hours after symptoms have gone away, whichever is longer, and the parents have been advised to contact their medical providers with any questions and concerns. The school nurse will be observing students and staff for any signs of
flu-like illness in students and will be available to answer questions. We will continue to communicate with local and state health officials for updates on the situation and any change in our plans.

The most important action you can take at this time is to keep your child at home if he/she shows signs of a flu-like illness (fever 100 ◦ F and a cough or sore throat); please see attached When to Keep Your Child Home flyer for more detailed information. When you call in your child’s absence, inform the school of your child’s symptoms and when the symptoms started.

The great majority of children recover from influenza quickly without treatment. However, you may want to contact your medical provider for advice, especially if your child has any underlying health conditions that may place him/her at higher risk of complications from influenza. Those at higher risk include:

• People over 65 or under 2 years of age
• People with chronic lung disorders such as asthma or emphysema
• People with chronic heart, kidney, liver or blood disorders
• People with diabetes
• People whose immune systems are compromised by illness or medication
• Pregnant women
• People on long-term aspirin therapy

Please continue to teach your family to use personal protective measures which include: staying home when you are ill, frequent hand washing (or sanitizer use if running water is not available), covering the nose and mouth with a sleeve or tissue when coughing or sneezing, disposing of soiled tissues appropriately, and avoiding persons who are ill.

We will continue to keep you informed as any additional information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Dr. David P. Sklarz
Superintendent

Mr. Steve Huleatt
Health Director
West Hartford/Bloomfield Health District

Links:
Full PDF of Sklarz Letter to Parents
West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District
State of Connecticut H1N1 Information and Prevention
CDC Swine Flu Information Page