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posted Apr 4, 2018, 9:12 AM by Krista Murray

It is important for you to know we have had several cases of confirmed influenza this week in our schools. We are asking for your help in the prevention of this contagious disease.

When you question if your child is ill and could possibly have contracted a flu-like illness, please do not send him/her to school. Influenza is highly contagious, and the contagious period in children lasts up to 7 days. Headache, fever, body aches, and respiratory symptoms are symptoms you should look for.

Tips to help protect you and your family from the spread of influenza:

  • Hand hygiene: you should wash hands or use alcohol hand rubs or gels after being in public or after contact with anyone with a cold or influenza

  • When coughing, one should turn the head and cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and promptly dispose of the used tissue; or cough into the inside of the elbow if a tissue is not available.

  • Avoid taking young children or immunocompromised people into large crowds unnecessarily when influenza is in the community

  • Avoid close contact (holding, kissing) between infants and anyone who has a cold or the flu

  • Do not share things that go into the mouth, such as drinking cups, straws, etc.

  • If people are experiencing respiratory symptoms with a sore throat and/or fever, they should stay home to prevent spread of the infection.

***If you have concerns about your child’s illness, contact your health care provider, request to have your child evaluated and swabbed for the flu.

We appreciate your help in preventing the spread of infection,

The Nurses of MSAD 52