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Flu Season

Message From Nurse Connie

As we know, this is  flu season.  Realizing that each of you practice good handwashing and provide education to your students in regards to handwashing and coughing into your bent elbow vs. coughing directly toward or on someone. This is just a gentle reminder that first of all it is not too late to get a flu vaccine.  Everyday preventive actions may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like the flu.  

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.  Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose.  Many other viruses spread these ways too. People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.  That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.  Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.  

Everyday Preventive Actions

*  Try to avoid close contact with sick people

*  If you or a student gets sick with flu-like symptoms the Center for Disease Control recommends that you (or the student) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever has gone except to get medical care.  The fever should should be gone without the use of a non-aspirin fever-reducing medicine.

*Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

*Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand rub.

*Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.  Germs spread this way.

*Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Thank you for all that you do each day to not only keep yourself healthy but giving your students good advice to do the same.  Remember that cleaning computer keyboards, phones that students may use, door knobs, desk tops, and other items in your area is very important.

Take care,

Nurse Connie