Midland County Department of Public Health
September 1, 2009
H1N1 SCREENING PROTOCOL
The Midland County Department of Public Health recommends each school has an area in
the school that is an “isolation area” for ill children to report. If a child compl
sickness (i.e., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose,
body aches, headache, chills and
), they should be escorted to the isolation area.
The child’s temperature should then be taken, but please note
that not all H1N1 cases
present with a fever. Normal school protocols for sick children should then be followed,
including a call to parents for pick
up and not allowing the child to leave the isolation area
If possible, it is a good idea
to have staff screening the sick child wear
personal protective equipment; such as, a mask and gloves.
As always, good hygiene,
washing with soap and water if possible, is always encouraged.
The CDC recommends children should be
free for 24 hours
(without the use of
before being allowed to return to school.
Please stress this
to your parents/guardians.
People infected with seasonal and novel H1N1 flu shed virus and
may be able to infect others from 1
day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be
longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and
in people infected with the new H1N1 virus
The CDC is very worried about schools with the spread of H1N1 bec
ause children often
spread germs easily.
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is
contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a
cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germ
s can be spread when a
person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk, for
example, and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.
All students/staff should be reminded to t
e everyday s
teps to protect their
and the health of your school
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 water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
based hand cleaners are also effective.
Washing your hands often will help
protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with
CDC recommends that when you wash your hands
with soap and warm
you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available,
based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may
If using gel, rub
your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it
kills the ger
ms on your hands.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you are sick with flu
CDC recommends that yo
u stay home for at least
24 hours after your fever is gone
except to get medical care or for other necessities.
(Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever
reducing medicine.) Keep
away from others as much as possible to keep from making others
Please follow your current procedures when dealing with children with
urgent medical needs.