Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hot topic: swine flu

SFUSD has posted information about the swine flu on its Web site:

The San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Department of Health (DPH) are working closely together and will keep parents updated as necessary. SFUSD encourages students and staff to continue to take universal precautions to stay well, including: sneeze or cough into a tissue, elbow or sleeve (throw the tissue in the trash after use); wash your hands often with soap and water (especially after you cough or sneeze); use alcohol-based hands cleaners if you have them; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; and if you are sick, stay home. Learn more about the flu investigation and flu prevention.


  1. hey kudos to the parent who sent a note to Sup. Garcia regarding the lack of soap in the bathroom. Mr. Garcia actually responded and directed his Custodial Director to ensure problem is fixed.

    Not that kids really wash their hands the right way anyway, but still the older ones know enough to do it correctly, and good to have soap so they can!

  2. Before you panic about swine flu, know that you are much more likely to catch plain old seasonal flu and that ordinary flu has resulted in 13,000 deaths in the U.S. since January alone. That's *way* more deaths than swine flu.

    Here's an article on the latest research on the swine flu genome. It appears to be much milder than people thought:

  3. Ordinary flu kills 36,000 people a year in the US.

  4. Great post Kate, this information really helps me to more understand how to avoid having a swine flu. Thanks for sharing.