Canastota Central School District Superintendent of Schools Fred Bragan recently issued a letter to parents and guardians in the district regarding recent flu-related absences and illnesses in the schools.
"Over the past few days we have seen the number of individuals with influenza-like illness increase," Bragan said in the letter. "We have had reports that people have been tested and confirmed to have the H1N1 Flu."
Bragan said the Health Department has not had any confirmations of H1N1 flu in the district to date. Some people have had a nose swab test done and have been told they probably have the H1N1 Flu, Bragan said. However, this test does not confirm the H1N1 Flu.
Further testing is required and this is being done for individuals with acute symptoms in the hospital.
However, whether an individual has the seasonal flu or the H1N1 flu it is important that the individual stays home until 24 hours after his/her fever goes down with out the help of Tylenol or similar medicine. It is important that we all practice good coughing and sneezing etiquette and wash hands with soap and water.
"We are working closely with the Madison County Health Department," Bragan said. "We will continue to keep an eye on the number of individuals with influenza-like illness and will consult with the Health Department for recommendations regarding the temporary closing of a building or school or cancellation of activities if that becomes necessary."
Bragan said families will be updates as more information is obtained by the school district. If parents or guardians of students have questions they can call 366-2848 or visit healthymadisoncounty.org.