January 24, 2018
As you probably know, we are in the middle of Flu season which has hit most areas pretty hard this year. I would like to review some measures that may help your family stay healthier this season.
What Is Influenza (also called flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Signs and Symptoms of Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Fatigue (very tired)
• some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.
Things you can do to help prevent spreading are:
- frequent handwashing throughout the day
- when coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your inner elbow
- Keep hands away from mouth, eyes and nose
- Do not share cups, water bottles, eating utensils or food.
- Get vaccinated against the Flu to prevent getting the flu or reduce the symptoms.
- Visit your doctor for treatment as needed.
Can My Child Go To School If He Or She Is Sick?
No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children or caregivers. Please contact your school to make them aware your child has the flu.
When Can My Child Go Back To School After Having The Flu?
Please keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). Fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.
Follow your doctor’s recommendations for students return to school.
Becky Kinney, RN
Lead Nurse, Boaz City Schools