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Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 or Swine flu

 Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 is a type of flu virus. In the past it affected pigs. The virus has now changed and can spread from person to person. It is called pandemic flu because people all over the world are being infected with it.

 Preventing the spread of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009

Make sure your child’s hands are washed regularly wit h soap and water especially after coughing or sneezing. Students are asked to bring in and use their own individual towels. Please supply your child with tissues into which they can cough or sneeze. Hand sanitizer will be made available to all students.

 Symptoms of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009

Flu usually presents with sudden onset of fever (temperature over 38ºc), a cough and sore throat. Other symptoms include vomiting, runny or stuffy nose, limb or joint pain and headache.

 Treatment

Persons with suspected flu should remain at home for 7 days from when the symptoms began. If you are worried about the severity of the symptoms contact your doctor immediately.

 For further information on flu:

www.swineflu.ie

www.hpsc.ie

www.education.ie

www.hse.ie

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