11 Aug 2009

US flu guidelines released as American Samoans head back to school

2:42 pm on 11 August 2009

The U.S. government has released federal guidelines for public health officials and schools on H1N1 in schools.

This as schools in American Samoa opened this week for the new school year and the territory's Department of Education has set up a swine flu task force.

As of last Friday, there were 32 confirmed swine flu cases in the territory and no deaths.

The guidelines recommend basic good hygiene, such as hand washing.

In addition, students or staff members with flu-like symptoms should stay home at least 24 hours after fever symptoms have ended.

The guidelines also recommend for schools to have plans to deal with possible infections.