Flu Season Is Here
While the Ebola virus is making all of the headlines, we also know that Type A flu and Enterovirus D68 are expected to be a concern this fall and winter. The district has been informed by health professionals that there have been two confirmed cases of Type A flu this season and school nurses are seeing symptoms consistent with the D68 virus.
The district wants to remind parents and students to practice basic to practice good health habits and precautions in the weeks and months ahead:
- Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Get plenty of sleep and exercise; drink plenty of fluids; and eat healthy food.
- Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you or your child is sick with flu-like illness, stay home or keep your child home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Get a flu shot. While it will not protect you from Ebola, it will protect you from the more common strains of flu viruses. Because Ebola symptoms mimic flu symptoms, the protection of a flu shot can reduce the fears that likely will be present when flu symptoms start to appear.
About the Ebola Virus
District administrators and school nurses also are staying informed about developments with the Ebola virus. The district is part of a Community Preparedness Committee that is preparing the community response plan should someone in the community be diagnosed with the virus. School nurses are aware of state and national Preparedness and Response Plans and they are being alert for symptoms of all types of flu-like illnesses among students and staff.