The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 19, 2009

Flu cases appear in Carlisle schools

A small number of cases of flu have been confirmed recently at both the Carlisle School and the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS), according to announcements sent by email to members of the school communities. Both schools are remaining open, but are advising students with flu symptoms to stay home for seven days, or 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared.

A June 16 email from Carlisle School Nurses Kathy Horan and Lori Desjardin stated, “To date there has been one confirmed case of general flu and several students with flu-like symptoms in our middle school.”

Regarding the high school, Principal Peter Badalament wrote on June 12, “To date there have been four confirmed cases of an unidentified general flu and several students that meet the criteria for flu. Apparently doctors treating sick individuals are no longer testing to see if the flu is H1N1 – they are just assuming it is.” He noted, “According to state guidelines, there is no need to take further action at this point.”

The flu cases have appeared at the very end of the school year. The last day of classes at CCHS for grades 9 - 11 is Friday, June 26. The Carlisle School year ends on Tuesday, June 23. ∆

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