Flu season is upon us. We all want to avoid the flu. It is important to remember the guidelines for flu prevention in the school setting. Basic information about flu prevention includes: 1. Good hand washing. Hand washing is encouraged for staff and students. Hand washing should be done frequently throughout the school day with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective in cleaning the hands.
2. Everyone should practice good respiratory etiquette. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, not into your bare hands. The tissue should be thrown away immediately and hands washed.
3. Sick people should stay home from school. Staff and students with a fever and other flu symptoms, (cough, headache, runny nose, chills, sore throat, muscle or body aches, fatigue) should stay home until they are fever-free, (without the use of fever-lowering medications) for 24 hours. (NOTE: children 18 years of age or younger should never be given aspirin when they have flu symptoms due to the risk of Reye’s Syndrome. Use one of the other fever/pain reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen instead.)
4. Vaccination. Everyone over the age of 6 months is encouraged to get a flu vaccination every year. It is not too late to get a flu vaccine this school year.
5. Good health habits. Getting enough sleep, exercising, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding stress and people who are sick will help keep you, and your family well this flu season.
For more information, visit: www.flu.gov, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or, www.tcbh.org.
Mrs. R. Zebroski, School Nurse