Notes from the Health Clerk
Francesca Giraffe gives you tips on how to avoid getting the flu.....
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
How to avoid getting the flu:
Get a flu shot every year for yourself and your children.
- Wash you hands before meals.
- Practice good cough and sneeze hygiene ( cough and sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and wash your hands afterwards)
- Avoid touching others if you are sick.
- Avoid getting close to others if you notice that they are sick.
- Eat healthy and get plenty of sleep.
If your child becomes ill:
Keep children home from school if they have a fever over 100F
or if they are coughing and sneezing frequently.
Keep you child home if he/she has vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours
They can come back to school when they are fever free or if they have not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours without medication.
While your child has a fever or has vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours your child is contagious and may pass this illness along to others.
Once your child is sick they will recover more quickly if they are allowed to get plenty of rest.
Always consult your pediatrician if your child has a high fever or fever with a sore throat or a rash.
Please call the health office # 847-827-1758 if you have any questions.
Always call the attendance line if your child will not be at school that day for any reason.