Flu season is in full swing, and we get lots of questions about when to keep students at home. Here's a helpful graphic from School Nurse, Dawn Murphy.
Read on for more info from Mrs. Murphy:
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different from a cold because it usually comes on suddenly. As you know the flu can spread easily from person to person so any student running a fever at school will be isolated and should be picked up promptly. Your best protection against the flu is getting a yearly flu vaccine, but you can also take everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of the flu virus.
Here are a few things you can do to help prevent the spread of flu:
● Teach your child to wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
● Teach your child not to share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils, and to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Also, cover a cough or sneeze with an elbow, arm, or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is not available.
● Know the signs of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling tired. Some people, especially children, may vomit or have diarrhea. Symptoms could last up to a week.
● Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever and flu-like symptoms. This is without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
● Do not send children back to school before they are well. Any child who returns to school early or is determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
For more information, visit www.flu.gov for the most current information about the flu