Schools on Alert for Swine Flu

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has sent a health alert to all New Jersey schools and child care venues asking them to be on increased watch for influenza-like cases in the upcoming weeks.

 

This health advisory is one of the state’s increased monitoring actions in response to the recent cases of swine flu that have been identified in the United States and Mexico.  New Jerset now has five identified cases of swine flu as of today.

 

“As a readiness measure, we have reached out to schools and all child care facilities to ask them to be on the lookout for children exhibiting signs of influenza,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. “We are asking these facilities to send children home if they are showing signs of respiratory illness and fever. We are also reminding them to report suspected cases of swine influenza or outbreaks of any influenza-like illness to their local health department.”

 

“We are working closely with the Department of Health and Senior Services to ensure that all school districts remain up to date and well informed.  School district officials should maintain close contact with their local health departments and pass on preventive information to families,’’ said Education Commissioner Lucille E. Davy.

 

The Department is recommending that sick children remain at home until 24-48 hours after the symptoms end.

 

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to seasonal flu and include fever, lack of appetite, coughing and fatigue. Some people have also reported having a sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

 

Please be aware that you cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. There are no special recommendations for anyone who owns a pig or is routinely exposed to pigs.

 

Commissioner Howard also reminds the public that there are precautions that everyone should take to reduce the chance of getting ill:

 

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • See your physician if your illness continues.

 

“The Department is continuing to monitor the situations around the country and Mexico and is working very closely with our federal, regional and local health partners,” said Commissioner Howard. “We have plans in place in the event of a more widespread outbreak. The most important thing New Jersey residents can do now is to stay informed and continue to follow those preventive measures.”

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Crafters Wanted for Art Blooms Festival

Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Arts Board are looking for crafters to participate in the fourth annual Art Blooms juried craft festival on Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26 at Croft Farm. The festival opens Art Blooms – a week long series of art and cultural events that includes a juried art exhibit of 2 dimensional works. The craft festival has been expanded this year to include activities for children, a Community Non-Profit Information Fair and a 5K Fun Run/Walk.

We are also looking to add some hands-on crafts/activities for children. If you have any suggestions or would like to provide an activity, please contact the Arts Board at 856-661-4810 or email Arts@CHTownhsip.com.

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Support the Food Bank at The Cherry Hill Library

National Library Week
Food Drive & Fine Forgiveness Program
April 13-19, 2009

Did you ever think your library fines could turn into a good thing? If you return your overdue items April 13-19, 2009, they can help fight hunger in your community!

Patrons with overdue fines can have them erased by donating non-perishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey.

For each food item donated, the Cherry Hill Public Library will forgive fines for one overdue library material. (Not including lost book or Unique Management fees.)

Food donations are welcome from patrons who do not need to clear fines!

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