You may be aware that the flu is spreading throughout our community and our schools are being impacted as well.
Often, we get confused about the symptoms of the flu and how they are different from a common cold. Quick recognition of flu symptoms will help prevent the spread of illness. Please contact your physician if you or your child exhibits any of the following:
Common symptoms of the flu include:
- High fever
- Severe headache
- Muscle and body aches
- Dry cough
Common symptoms of a common cold include:
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Hacking cough
Children often have additional flu symptoms that are rare in adults, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent your child from getting the flu is to take him/her to get a flu vaccine. In addition, talk to your child about practicing good health habits, such as:
- Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Covering their mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and disposing of the tissue in a proper trash receptacle
- Avoiding sharing drinks, water bottles or silverware with others.
We encourage you to keep students home if they are showing symptoms of the flu or running a fever. For their own safety and the safety of others, students should not return to school until they have been fever and symptom free for 24 hours without medication. In addition, I ask that you notify the school nurse if your child has the flu. Monitoring flu incidences will help keep students, faculty and our community healthy.