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H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)

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UPDATE 11/19:

Gallaudet University's Student Health Services (SHS) announced in the evening of November 18th that the H1N1 vaccine had arrived on  campus for distribution. SHS hosted clinics for Gallaudet University personnel on November 19th and 20th. Clerc Center personnel and MSSD students over age 14 with signed permission forms from parents had the opportunity to get the vaccine at clinics held within the KDES and MSSD buildings on November 19th.

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UPDATE 11/02:

The Clerc Center community received this information on October 30th:

We have had some people out sick with flulike symptoms this week. Yesterday, we also received our first confirmed case of H1N1 flu virus, in an adult. All these individuals will remain at home until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. Our highest priority is the care and safety of all our community members, and we will continue to take preventive steps and monitor the health of our students, staff, and teachers.

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UPDATE 10/19:

As we move further into the flu season, we continue to monitor students' health and take precautionary measures related to flu prevention. School staff have also mailed letters to families of our students with information about the seasonal flu vaccine.

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H1N1 Flu

H1N1 (referred to as "swine flu" early on) is an influenza virus that was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009 and has now reached all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Other countries have also reported H1N1 flu cases. This virus is spreading from person to person in much the same way that regular seasonal flu viruses spread.

The Clerc Center is committed to ensuring that we do everything we can to safeguard the health of our students and community members. The Clerc Center operates Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, which serves day students from birth through eighth grade, and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, a high school which serves both day students and residential students from across the country. Our standard plans for ensuring the care and safety of all of our students and community members will remain in effect. We are also collaborating with Gallaudet University in planning for this flu season.

We have created this web page to share information on the H1N1 flu and to share updates on what the Clerc Center is doing to continue protecting our community. Various resources on the H1N1 flu are also available on this site.


H1N1 Flu FAQs

Someone in my household is sick. What should I do?

What the Clerc Center is doing to reduce the risk of H1N1 transmission


Additional Web resources

http://aaweb.gallaudet.edu/flu_update.xml:  Gallaudet University is monitoring the outbreak of the H1N1 flu and will share updates on this website.

flu.gov: This website from the Department of Health and Human Services provides a comprehensive look at the flu. This site has an extensive FAQ section.

www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu: Information and resources on the H1N1 flu from the Centers for Disease Control can be found on this website.

Videos about the H1N1 flu in American Sign Language The University of Rochester has developed this helpful website containing videos in ASL about the flu and how to protect yourself. This may help you discuss the flu with your child.