What is Influenza (Flu)?
INFLUENZA (also known as the Flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses (Influenza Aor B viruses). It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different than acold.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination everyyear.
Reminder: Students are to be keptat home after a fever of 100 F or higher. They can return to school when theyhave been without a fever and without using a fever reducing medication for 24hours. If they have diarrhea or vomiting they need can return to school 48hours after diarrhea or vomiting has stopped.
How flu spreads: Through tiny wet drops produced when aperson coughs, sneezes or talks. A person can get the flu by breathing in thesewet drops or by touching items and surfaces covered with these drops and thentouching their mouth, nose or eyes.
You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap andwater especially after using the restroom. Handhygiene with soap and water is preferred as alcohol based hand sanitizershave limited effectiveness against the flu. If possible avoid other individualswho have the above symptoms.
There is no specific treatmentfor the flu. However some thingscan be done to relieve symptoms:
· Takingover the counter medications to relieve fever (Caution: Aspirin should not begiven to children.)
· Drinkingliquids to stay hydrated.
Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact theirhealth care provider.
For more information: http://www.acphd.org/flu
If you have any questionsplease contact your school nurse.
Cheryl Knight RN, PNP—Health Services Coordinator, Student SupportServices