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Let’s Work Together to Keep the Flu Out of Our School!

 
 

 flu1Let’s Work Together to Keep the Flu Out of Our School!

There has been an uptick in cases of the flu nationwide.  Connecticut has had a minimal number of cases so far (as of 12/28/13) so there is still time to immunize your family if you have not done so.  Most of the reported cases are of the H1N1 variety which this year’s flu vaccine contains.  Vaccinating against the flu is a smart move!

Symptoms of the flu include abrupt onset of the following: fever, muscle ache, headache, malaise (general feeling of being unwell), nonproductive cough, sore throat and rhinitis (runny or stuffy nose).  In children, otitis media (ear infection) and nausea and vomiting may also be seen.

The second line of defense is treatment with anti-viral medication but this must be started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.  Your doctor will determine if your child is a candidate for anti-viral therapy.  The flu usually resolves within 3-7 days.

If your child is diagnosed with the flu by a doctor, please let me know so I can track the incidence at our school.  Please also let me know if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms but have not been seen by the doctor.  Children may return to school once they have been fever-free for 24 hours while not taking fever-reducing meds (Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen)) and are feeling comfortable.

Thanks for helping to keep our Tashua community healthy!

Susan Quigley, RN, BSN, NCSN