Dear Orange County School Parents
We are in the midst of flu season now. December-February is the prime time to contract the flu, and flu cases are on the rise in NC. If your child, or you, are sick and are having any of the following symptoms, you should be seen by your doctor. If your child is diagnosed with the flu, please keep him/her at home until they have been fever-free, without the use of medicine, for at least 24 hours. Please inform the school/school nurse if your child has a documented case of the flu.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills.
- Sore throat.
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Muscle or body aches.
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
To stay well and to prevent spreading germs:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be effective for most viruses.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Try to stay at least 3 feet away from other people to prevent the spread of germs.
- Don’t share food, utensils or glasses.
- Clean surfaces with household disinfectant cleaners.
- If you haven’t yet had a flu shot, it is not too late!
- If you or your child is sick, stay home
S. Compton RN, BSN, NCSN