Flu and Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease Control recommended by the St. Clair County Health Department:

  • Proper hand washing before, during and after school and covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze and/or cough is extremely important (post the “Cover Your Cough/Clean Your Hands” throughout the school).
  • If a sexually transmitted infection or disease is suspected, offer St. Clair County Health Department’s phone number so referral information can be given for testing and/or treatment. Please find additional information at health.co.st-clair.il.us which includes our facebook and twitter pages.
  • Skin eruptions should be followed up with a professional healthcare provider (i.e. MRSA, Ringworm, etc.).
  • Individuals with gastrointestinal upset should be free from vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. The Illinois Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control Section (CDCS) defines an Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) outbreak in a school or day care setting as a cluster of four or more persons with acute onset of vomiting and/or diarrhea in a classroom or in an otherwise defined group of students; or cases in more than 10% of the school’s/daycare’s census in a single day.  Please report to the health department if this situation occurs in your facility.
  • Please report school absenteeism weekly on our website, (health.co.st-clair.il.us); the schools can enter their absentee information on the website and submit. The link is identified as “weekly school absentee survey”.  The website displays the link on the user’s bottom right hand side of the home page.
  • Please be advised schools are an important part of our reporting process regarding infectious diseases that are mandated by law in the State of Illinois (see  IDPH Reportable Disease Information). Please provide this list to your school nurse or designated personnel.
  • Contact Communicable Disease Department at (618) 233-6175, Ext. 4434, Fax (618) 233-9356, 8a.m.-4p.m., Monday – Friday.

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