January 31, 2019
As you all know, it is flu season. The number of reported cases of the flu/influenza has the potential to rise quickly. This letter is to inform you that there have been some confirmed flu/influenza cases in the district. As of today the number of confirmed cases is still low. There will be cases that are not confirmed by a healthcare provider.
The flu is very contagious and can spread quickly. It can spread person to person by breathing in droplets in a cough, sneeze, or runny nose that contains the virus. People who have the flu may be able to infect others by the virus shedding from one day before they get sick to 5 to 7 days after symptoms begin.
Very Important! When can my child return to school after having the flu?
- Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, (without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen) and 24 hours after vomiting and/or diarrhea subsides.
- If your fever goes down after you take Tylenol but then comes back when it wears off, it's not really gone and you are still contagious.
- The 24 hours after fever is gone or vomiting or diarrhea is gone is the very least amount of time…your child may need a longer time to feel well enough to participate in school even if there are no active symptoms! Flu takes a toll!
Signs and Symptoms of the flu may include:
- The flu comes on quickly. Most people with the flu feel very tired and may have a high fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea. If you suspect you or a family member is sick with flu, contact your doctor for further evaluation as soon as possible.
- The flu can be treated with antiviral drugs. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen may be taken to reduce fever and increase comfort. Avoid products containing Aspirin.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for everyone 6 months and older;
- Hand washing with soap and water, especially before meals; alcohol based hand sanitizers will work;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw tissue in trash and wash hands;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way;
- Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs, including bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters and toys for children.