To prevent the spreading of illness, here are some things you can do:
Teach your children healthy habits
- Cough and sneeze into a sleeve or elbow, not hands.
- Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after toileting and before eating. Use hand sanitizer if water is not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Tell the teacher if they feel sick.
Keep your child home if the are sick
- Keep them home for at least 24 hours after they are fever free (without a fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil).
- Do not send a sick child to another group-such as sports or family with children.
- Signs of flu are: fever with cough or sore throat.
- Call your health care provider for advice if your child has flu symptoms.
Plan to get the Seasonal Flu Shot
- Annual seasonal flu vaccines are recommended for everyone, especially children ages 6 months to 18 years, people over age 50 or those with underlying health conditions.
- It is not too late to get the flu vaccine. Contact your health care provider or the local health department.
Plan now for the Flu Season
- Make plans now for home care for children that become ill with the flu.
- Update emergency contacts at school.
We will do all that we can to maintain a healthy environment at school. Please contact the school nurse, Wendy Marchinko, RN, BSN, NBCSN with any questions.
Please check out the attached flyer for more information.
More health related information is available at the Nurse's Corner, http://cgms.rss.k12.nc.us/nurses-corner.