Dr. Le-Bucklin’s Answer:
If an outbreak occurs at a school, the local public health department can help provide recommendations for how to reduce the spread of H1N1 at that school. Parents can reduce their child’s individual risk of infection by vaccinating their children.
In general, schools can help reduce the risk of widespread infection by making sure children and caretakers stay home if they are sick with a fever. Children and caretakers with fever should stay away from school until 24 hours after their fever has resolved (without the use of any anti-fever medications such as Tylenol or Motrin). Children should be taught to cough or sneeze into a tissue rather than into their hands. Caretakers should follow this same precaution. Regular handwashing and/or the use of hand sanitizers by children and staff are also crucial preventive measures.
Note: I was recently interviewed by Lani, the mother of triplets and co-founder of the Multiples and More Blog Network. This question was from our interview.