November 2009  

Dear CCUSD Staff, Parents and Community,

Our country, state and community are feeling the effects of the flu season, whether the seasonal flu or the H1N1 flu.  School districts receive almost daily updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and Health Department.  Although the information is very helpful as we focus on how to best help our students, families and staff, it has also caused some communication challenges as the information has changed. 

Flu symptoms are as follows: 

§  The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours.  It hits hard and includes sudden symptoms such as high fever, severe aches and pains.

§  Fever-a temp of 100°F or higher for 3-4 days is associated with the flu.

§  A non-productive cough (sometimes referred to as a dry cough)

§  Chills

§  Tiredness is moderate to severe.

§  A headache is very common.

§  Chest discomfort is often severe.

Sue Braga, Executive Director of the AZ Academy of Pediatrics has offered the following guidelines for H1N1.  She shares that testing for H1N1 is not necessary since the results will not impact the treatment.  Our state is only testing the most severe cases.  Ms. Braga recommends that if you are normally healthy and suspect the flu, stay home, drink plenty of fluids and treat any symptoms.  If your symptoms worsen after a few days or there is difficulty in keeping fluids down, a doctor should then be notified. In addition, if breathing becomes difficult, one experiences chest pains or cannot care for themselves, seek immediate medical attention.  When a sick child cannot hold down fluids or becomes less responsive, again, contact a health care provider immediately.

Although the H1N1 vaccine has been slow in getting to Arizona, our elementary schools will have vaccinations available for children from age 4 to fifth grade. This service, "Zap the Flu at School," will be provided by the Mollen Clinic for any families who would like to use it. As always, we encourage our families to educate themselves and see if this is the right choice for their family.  Both H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines will be available.  Shots are covered by most insurance plans, however, if a child does not have insurance, the shots are free.  All children must be accompanied by an adult and may go to any of the sites on the following days after school from 3:30 to 6:00 pm:

Black Mountain Elementary-Wed., Nov. 4th

Lone Mountain Elementary-Thurs., No. 5th

Desert Sun Elementary-Fri., Nov. 6th

Horseshoe Trails Elementary-Mon., Nov. 9th

Desert Willow Elementary-Tues., Nov. 10th

Our staff continues to educate our students on proper hygiene to restrict the spread of flu with the most common deterrents, frequent hand washing and covering a cough or sneeze with the inside of the elbow.  Our goal is to keep our entire CCUSD family as healthy as possible.  See you in our schools.



Debbi Burdick