Teach kids tips to avoid flu outbreak

September 2, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2009

Health officials braced for another wave of H1N1 flu are using the start of a new school year today as an opportunity to educate parents and students.

Red Cross officials encouraged parents to take flu-prevention steps now to keep their children healthy in the event of a swine flu outbreak. Officials recommend the following tips:

  • Teach children proper and consistent hand-washing techniques.
  • Tell children to avoid sharing utensils, cups and bottles.
  • Show children how to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and wash their hands afterwards. Teach them to cough or sneeze into their elbow or upper arm if they lack a tissue.
  • Teach children to keep hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth to keep germs from entering the body.

“September is National Preparedness Month, so we always encourage families to go over their preparedness plans, but this year, it is especially important with the potential of H1N1,” said Amy Ezzo, youth and young adult services program coordinator for the local Red Cross chapter. “Parents should talk with the school about what the plans are for a potential flu outbreak, as well as going over flu prevention methods with their kids.”

City, schools prepared for swine flu

May 5, 2009

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City, schools prepared as swine flu arrives in King County

April 30, 2009

UPDATED — 9:15 a.m. May 1, 2009

Ten probable cases of swine flu have been identified in King County, public health officials said today.

Public Health – Seattle & King County spokeswoman Megan Coppersmith outlined seven new probable cases.

The cases include a woman in her 20s, four children ages 8-12, and two other children whose mother was previously reported as a probable case.

The cases announced Wednesday include three Seattle residents: a man in his 20s, a woman in her 30s and a boy who is a student at Madrona K-8.

Officials said the Madrona student is hospitalized and his condition is improving. Seattle School District officials closed Madrona K-8 this morning as a precautionary measure. The other people are not hospitalized and their conditions are improving.

Coppersmith said the infected people reside in King County, but did not have additional details. She said none of the reported cases are serious.

“These symptoms appear to be pretty mild,” she said.

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