A few documented cases of flu have already occurred here at WES and we can be sure that there will be more. Flu (or influenza) is a very common illness that can spread easily and rapidly. It can be a very serious, even life threatening disease for children and for adults with other chronic illnesses. Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
So, what can we do to protect our children and ourselves against the flu? First, it is not too late to get a flu shot. This year, the viruses that can be protected against by the current flu shot are a much better match to the flu viruses that are beginning to emerge in our population than the immunization last year, so it is very worthwhile to get a flu shot. It is easier than ever to get a flu shot, but if you do get one at a pharmacy or elsewhere, please let your or your child's primary care giver know.
Also, if you or your child are ill, please stay home! Fever, body aches, fatigue, persistent cough and painful sore throats are all reason to get tested for the flu, strep and pneumonia. To be cleared to return to school, a child must have normal temperature for 24 hour WITHOUT Tylenol or Motrin. Please talk to your doctor for more advice if your child is ill. If your child is diagnosed with flu or any other illness that requires antibiotics, please notify me, so we can try to prevent the spread of illness. Of course, handwashing, good nutrition, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep help us all to fight off illness. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your child.
Be Well! Carol Stein-Payne, RN, NCSN firstname.lastname@example.org
PS - check out the link about Flu on the CDC website - lots of good information!