Cold and flu-related illnesses

Cold and flu-related illnesses

Date: February 14, 2019

Dear Parents, Guardians,

We are seeing flu-like illness in our school community. Symptoms can include fever, sore throat, and /or cough. Here are some suggestions to help you protect your health:

  • Be sure that you and your family get the flu vaccine; this is the most important action to prevent or minimize an influenza infection.
  • If you are pregnant or have a serious health condition, contact your healthcare provider to discuss antiviral medications if you or anyone in your family has flu like symptoms. 
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time:
  • Before eating or drinking.
  • After using the toilet or changing diapers.
  • After coughing, sneezing or using facial tissues
  • Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

When water and soap are not available, alcohol-based hand cleaners can be used.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of your elbow. 
  • Keep sick children home. Do not send them to school if they are sick. If they become sick at school you will be called to come pick them up. Make sure your emergency numbers are up to date. 
  • People who are sick should stay home from work or school and stay away from other people until they are free of fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen) and are feeling better. 

If you have questions please call your school nurse or health care provider.