Cold & Flu Information

Cold & Flu Season
Influenza (flu) season is here. All Pre K students not 5 years of age by December 31 must have a seasonal flu vaccine on file by December 31 in order to remain in school. Please provide documentation from your pediatrician as soon as possible.

Children with symptoms of flu usually present with fever, body aches & pains, respiratory complaints and a severe fatigue/malaise. They may have decreased appetite and complain of stomach issues. If your child is exhibiting these symptoms please contact your pediatrician or advanced practice nurse so that your child may be evaluated for flu. Flu is a serious respiratory illness and IS NOT a bad cold or a "stomach flu/bug". It is contagious and can be debilitating.

If your child is diagnosed with flu please give this information to the secretary when you call him/her out sick. A doctor's note is required for return to school.

All school nurses in the district tract Influenza and Influenza-like-illnesses weekly and report this to the county.

Children with fever should remain at home with plenty of rest & fluids to help the body's immune system fight the offending pathogen. Children should return to school once they are fever-free for a full 24 hour period without the aid of a fever reducer, are eating, drinking, sleeping and playing well.

If your child has fever with complaints of body aches & pains call your doctor. Give children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed. NEVER give aspirin for viral infections.

Proper hand washing is the single most effective way of decreasing the spread of germs. Teach your child how to properly wash their hands (about 20 seconds) and to use cough & sneeze etiquette - cover a cough/sneeze with an elbow and not hands.