|Probable Case of Swine Flu Closes Hampton School
Health Protection Agency advises closure to reduce impact of spread of infection
Hampton School has been closed for a week on the advice of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) after a pupil in the First Year was diagnosed with Influenza A infection.
In a statement to parents, acting head Ms P Z Message stated, "At this stage it has not been confirmed as being swine flu, but further tests are being carried out. The child is recovering well at home and is on treatment.
"The School has taken advice from the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The advice is that the School should close, with immediate effect, for seven days until Monday 18th May. This is to reduce the impact of any potential spread of this infection. The School will let you know if this situation changes. Denmead School will, however, be open as usual.
"Whilst current cases of Swine Flu are mild, any pupils/ staff members who develop flu like symptoms such as a temperature, headache, cough and sore throat should telephone their GP or ring NHS Direct (0845 4647)."
Health Protection Agency is also recommending prophylactic oral antiviral treatment (Oseltamivir (‘Tamiflu’)) as a precaution for the following groups:
1. All children in the same year group (First Year) as the case
A clinic session is planned for late afternoon/evening on Monday 11th May at the school. All parents of First Year children, identified staff and children on the school coach journeys should check the school’s website (www.hamptonschool.org.uk) from 1200 onwards on Monday 11th May for details and times of this session. Parents are to come to the school to collect the antiviral drugs.
Regarding public examinations due to be taken by some pupils this week, the School has taken advice from the Health Protection Agency. It has been agreed that all examinations can take place as planned during the week of closure (11th-15th May). Children must not attend to take an examination with flu like symptoms. It is also essential that children undertaking exams must not congregate in a group before or after the exam being taken. They are advised to return home immediately after the exam ends. Please contact the School if you have further queries about arrangements for children sitting exams.
For further advice and guidance, including a Frequently Asked Questions sheet, please visit the Health Protection Agency’s website: www.hpa.org.uk or contact the Swine Flu Number: 0800 1513 513.
May 11, 2009