Please see the letter for parents about influenza issued by the Florida Department of Health. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Clairmont, School Nurse at 774-7258.
If your child becomes sick with flu-like illness, contact your health care provider soon after the onset of illness to discuss medical care options. Symptoms of the flu often include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose ,body aches, headaches, or fatigue. Anti-viral medication for flu has been shown to reduce severity and length of disease, decrease the risk of complications from influenza,and reduce the risk of death among hospitalized patients, particularly in those that access care early in their illness.If your child is at risk for severe complications from flu infection, your health care provider may recommend treatment with antiviral medication.
It is especially important that parents keep sick children at home to prevent spreading the flu virus to others. Additional flu prevention steps include staying away from people who are sick, covering sneezes or coughs with a tissue or your elbow,avoid touching your eyes,nose and mouth, and frequent handwashing.
The best way to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during flu season is to:
- Get vaccinated now (takes two weeks to develop protection against flu),
- Contact your health care provider if you or your child are experiencing flu-like
- Keep sick family members home, and
- Follow your physician’s guidance on treatment.
- For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/parents/index.htm.