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Nov
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Do you Feel Sick?

RUMMEL CREEK ELEMENTARY – DECEMBER 2017

HEALTH SERVICES NEWLETTER

Diane Roberts, MPH BSN RN AND MARY PATTON, MS APRN

 DO YOU FEEL SICK?

 The Flu season is here, so we must work together to keep our children and school healthy.

What is the Flu?

  • It is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the lungs, nose and throat. It spreads from person to person through coughing and sneezing.  It can also be acquired by touching a germ-infested surface.

How is the Flu different from a Cold?

  • Symptoms of a Cold come on slowly and include a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and a hacking cough.  There is usually no fever or just a mild one.
  • Symptoms of the Flu start suddenly and include a high fever, a severe headache, muscle and body aches, exhaustion and a dry cough.  There is also usually a sore throat and loss of appetite. Children sometimes experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea as well.

How can your child avoid getting the Flu?

  • Get a Flu Vaccine
  • Practice good hand washing hygiene
  • Cover their mouth and nose with inner elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing
  • Do not share their drinks, water bottles or silverware with others

What do you do if you think that your child has flu symptoms?

  • Call the doctor.  If caught within the first 48 hours, an antiviral medication can be prescribed which will lessen the symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.
  • Keep your child at home, especially with a temperature greater than 100 degrees. Be sure that they rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Send a note with your child when he returns to school explaining the reason for the absence along with a release note if you have seen the doctor.
  • Please notify your school nurse if your child has the flu so that we can monitor the flu incidence at Rummel Creek

Remember:

Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the Flu, and they frequently spread the virus to others.  By keeping our children Flu-free we benefit the community as a whole and RCE in particular!