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Flu Season- A note from our nurse

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Bunker Hill Elementary School:

 I wanted to let you know that we are doing everything we can to keep your children healthy at school.  The flu season seems to start a little earlier every year.  Here are a few things you can do to help.:

 *  Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.

 *   Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is not available.

 *  If your child brings a water bottle to school, have them alternate with

one they can bring from home that is cleaned every night.  This will decrease the chance of them making themselves sick or if they drop the bottle at school.

 *   Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.

 *   Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, WITHOUT using fever-reducing drugs.  Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.  Do not use aspirin for children.

 *   Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any child who is determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.

 

  • If you have had strep throat or another upper respiratory infection, get a new toothbrush. You don’t want to make yourself sick again!

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 4 main ways you and your family may keep from getting sick with the flu at school and at home:  

 Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

  1.   Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.
  2.   Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). Keeping sick students at home means that they keep their viruses to themselves rather than sharing them with others.
  3.   Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu, its never too late to be vaccinated.

I hope you have found this information helpful for the cold and flu season.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Jane Ishman, BSN, RN, MS, CHES, NCSN