Robert Lauber, Superintendent of Kinnikinnick School District No.131 affirmed, “that any decision to close school
is not taken lightly, but  nevertheless important for the wellness of students, staff, and their families.”

Mike Bacon, Public Health Director for the Winnebago County Health Department, said “we understand that this would be inconvenient at any time of the year, now especially as we approach the end of the school year. Students, teachers, staff and all members of the community are our first priority in preventing and minimizing the spread of H1N1 Influenza.” added Bacon.

The Department wants to emphasize as the outbreak of H1N1 Influenza continues, everyone can contribute to reducing its spread. Individuals can take precautions to stay healthy by following the three C’s:

Clean - Properly wash your hands frequently
Cover - Cover your cough and sneeze
Contain - Contain your germs by staying home if you are sick

The Illinois Department of Public Health is now reporting today, 96 probable cases statewide and 3 confirmed
cases in 11 counties.

Phone Bank
The Winnebago County Health Department has opened a Phone Bank for Winnebago County residents to call
for more information on HINI Flu.
• The Phone Bank number is: (815) 720-4242. Information is provided in both English and Spanish. Approximately 200 calls have come into the Phone Bank since its opening on April 29, 2009.
• The WCHD Phone Bank is open will be open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• The CDC is operating a 24/7 Information Hotline at: 1-800-232-4636.
• For further information, visit CDC at: www.cdc.gov/flu/swine.
• Please visit the WCHD Website for local and regularly updated information from many resources atwww.wchd.org.

Prevention Measures
Early detection of likely cases is important to preventing or minimizing the future cases of disease.
• If you have a cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners also are effective when hand washing facilities are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread through such contact.
• Influenza is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
• If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
 
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