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Flu Season Information for Parents

Flu season is here! 

Symptoms of flu include:

*       fever (usually high) *It is important to note that some people may not have a fever
*       headache
*       extreme tiredness
*       dry cough
*       sore throat
*       runny or stuffy nose
*       muscle aches
*       Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults

Please remember to keep your child home from school if they are sick until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication.  If you would like more information on the flu please visit the CDC website for the most up to date information. (http://cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/A_Flu_Guide_For_Parents.pdf)  If you have any questions please contact your school nurse.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Please remind your children of these good habits as well.  There also are antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu. Please remember to:


1.Avoid close contact.


Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.


2. Stay home when you are sick.


If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.


3. Cover your mouth and nose.


Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.


4. Clean your hands.


Washing your hands frequently will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.


5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.


Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.


6. Practice other good health habits.


Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Nyoka Toler
NToler@lmtsd.org

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