[Dateline: New York | Authors: UN Medical Services/UNIS]
The United Nations International School (UNIS) has recently experienced an increasing number of students with 'flu-like illness. In co-ordination with the New York City Department of Health, and as a precautionary measure, it was decided to close the school temporarily from Thursday 4th June to Sunday 7th June. This action is intended to reduce the spread of infection amongst staff and students. In line with the overall experience in New York, all cases so far have been mild, with no hospitalizations or severe symptoms reported in any of those affected.
UNIS is monitoring the situation very carefully, and is working closely with the UN Medical Services Division and the New York City Health Department to implement all necessary measures to protect the student body.
If your child attends UNIS, you and your family can help to reduce the spread of 'flu in the school and the community by following these guidelines:
1) Watch your child closely for signs of 'flu-like illness. Any child with fever and a cough or sore throat should stay home until he or she has been completely well for at least 24 hours;
2) Remember to cover coughs and sneezes and wash hands frequently with soap and water;
3) If a child with asthma or another long term medical condition develops flu-like illness, call your doctor right away to discuss the possible need for medication;
4) Unless your child is severely ill, or has an underlying medical condition, please do not seek care at a hospital. For the vast majority of cases, there is no need to go to an emergency department, and no benefit for the child.
We will continue to update you as necessary. For more information, you may wish to refer to the following websites:
NYC Department of Health (School Closures): http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/cd/cd-h1n1flu-educators.shtml
UN Staff Pandemic Portal: http://www.un.org/staff/pandemic/