Seasonal flu and H1N1 information for parents and students

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued recommendations for parents and students regarding the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus.

    For the most up to date information please go to www.health.gov or  health.ny.gov/flu.

2018 Flu Information from County of Orange Department of Health Commissioner

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    Below is the HTML version of the Deparment of Health Commisioner's letter.


    August 7, 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    The Orange County Department of Health and the Orange County Medical Society want you to be aware that Influenza (flu) season is on its way. Flu is a serious contagious respirato ry illness that can be mild to severe, and can sometimes lead to death. Some people are considered to be at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and people 65 years of age and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age and older without contraindications receive seasonal flu vaccine. Vaccination is the best protection.

    We would also like to take this opportunity to emphasize everyday preventive actions to help you stay healthy and avoid spreading germs.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
    • If you are sick, stay home from school or work and limit contact with others
    • Remain home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs

    We strongly encourage you to speak with your physician or health care provider regarding flu vaccination for you and your family. We urge you to be vaccinated before flu begins spreading in our communities.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Irina Gelman, DPM, MPH, PhDc Commissioner of Health                      Stephanie L. Zeszutek, DO, FACOG, RPh President Orange County Medical Society


    7 de Agosto de 2018

    Estimado Padre o Tutor:

    El Departamento de Salud de! Condado de Orange y la Sociedad Medica del Condado de Orange quieren que usted sepa que  la temporada  de  influenza  (gripe)  esta  en  camino.  La gripe es  una enfermedad res piratoria contagiosa que puede ser leve o grave y, a veces; puede causar la muerte. Se considera que algunas personas corren un alto riesgo de desarrollar complicaciones graves relacionadas con la gripe, incluidos nifios pequefios, mujeres embarazadas, personas con enfermedades cr6nicas como asma, diabetes, enfermedades del coraz6n, enfermedades pulmonares y personas de 65 afios o mas. Los Centros para el Control y la Prevenci6n de Enfermedades (CDC) recomiendan que todas las personas de seis meses de edad en adelante sin.contraindicaciones reciban la vacuna contra la gripe cada temporada. La vacunaci6n es la mejor protecci6n.

    Tambien nos gustaria aprovechar esta oportunidad para enfatizar las acciones preventivas diarias para ayudarlo a mantenerse sano y evitar la propagaci6n de germenes.

    • Lavese las manos frecuentemente conjab6n y agua tibia por 20 segundos
    • Si esta enfermo, quedese en casa y no vaya a la escuela o al trabajo y limite el contacto con los demas para evitar contagiarlos
    • Permanecer en casa hasta que no tenga fiebre por 24 horas sin el uso de medicamentos para reducir la fiebre
    • Cubrase la nariz y la boca con un paiiuelo desechable al toser o estornudar
    • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca
    • Limpiar y desinfectar superftcies y objetos que pueden estar contaminados con germenes

    Le recomendamos que hable con su medico o proveedor de atenci6n medica sabre la vacuna contra la gripe para usted y su familia. Le recomendamos que se vacune antes de que la gripe comience a propagarse en nuestras comunidades.

    Sinceramente,

    Dr. Irina Gelman, DPM, MPH, PhDc Commissioner of Health Stephanie L. Zeszutek, DO, FACOG, RPh President Orange County Medical Society