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Message to Children's Center Families

Dear BCCC Families:
I write to follow up with you on Tama Spoerri’s notice regarding the H1N1 virus. Children fall into the highest risk category for the illness and the Bowdoin College Children’s Center is taking the H1N1 situation very seriously.  There is a contingency plan in place that was developed with substantial help from the Campus Emergency Management Team:  
Children running a fever of 100.5 degrees, without additional symptoms, will be sent home.  Fever is often the first sign of H1N1.
Children must be without fever, diarrhea, and vomiting for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to the Center.
If we have 10% or more of the children and staff exhibiting H1N1 symptoms, we may need to close the Center for seven calendar days.  
We will be closely monitoring the public schools in our area (Bath, Brunswick, Topsham) to keep abreast of the current flu trend and how it may affect us.   
Flu symptoms may include any of the following:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • vomiting or diarrhea

CDC recommendations for staying healthy:

  • sneeze or cough into your elbow
  • avoid touching nose, eyes, or mouth
  • wash hands frequently
  • stay home if you are sick, especially if you have a fever

Hopefully, this virus will not be as serious as predicted and we will all stay well and healthy.  Thank you for doing your part to help.