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2 schools reach flu-symptom threshold

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

School District 192 is required to notify the Minnesota Department of Health when a school has at least 5 percent of the student population absent due to influenza-like illness or if there are three or more students in a single classroom absent due to influenza-like illness. This week, classrooms in two schools, North Trail and Meadowview elementary, reached the three student threshold.

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There is no special action that occurs because of this, nor would there be if a school crossed the 5 percent absent threshold. It is simply a reporting requirement set by the MDH as they monitor the H1N1 flu virus.

School officials expect there will be more cases of influenza-like illness in Farmington schools this fall, and remind all staff, students and parents they can help prevent the spread of influenza by taking a few simple steps, recommended by the MDH:

  • Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms, including a fever of 100-degrees or higher with cough and/or a sore throat. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications. Anyone who develops these symptoms during the school day should make arrangements to go home.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as drinks, food or eating utensils.

More information and links to MDH resources are available online at www.farmington.k12.mn. us/h1n1.

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