November 2009 Update H1N1 and the Education Community. Hard Surface Cleaning. Flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2 to 8 hours after being left on items like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks.
Flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2 to 8 hours after being left on items like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks.
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides guidance for school cleaning and sanitizing during the flu season, which includes:
Additionally, proper hygiene etiquette will help lower the spread of the flu.
For further information, consider:
EPA’s List of Cleaning Products for Flu
American Academy of Pediatrics’ Cleaning Guidance (pdf)
Flu.gov Hard Surface Cleaning Resources
HIN’s 2009 CLEAN Award winner, Pat Nicholson
Decisions about school dismissal is left to local authorities
School closure should be based on local considerations, including:
Further information on school closure guidance includes:
The primary means to reduce spread of influenza in schools are to:
Further guidance for education communities include:
View the NEA Today Express Special Edition on H1N1 for helpful articles and ideas.
School-Located Vaccinations (SLV) are a key element to ensuring that youth, and those who work closely with them, are properly immunized.
Further guidance on SLV’s include: