January 16, 2020 // Flu Update from the Haynes Health Office
Dear Haynes Families,
We have been alerted by the Sudbury Department of Public Health of an increase in flu cases in Sudbury and surrounding towns.
Please remember to keep sick children home and please do not send them back to school until children are fully recovered, fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) able to manage secretions and eating a typical diet.
Please encourage good hygiene practices at home with your children (handwashing, coughing into elbows, using tissues, etc.).
Flu symptoms usually appear 1-4 days after exposure and leave you most contagious in the first 3-4 days after the illness begins. Otherwise healthy people are able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. You can expect your child to be home with you for up to 7-10 days to fully recover before returning to school. Sending your child back to school too soon can leave them vulnerable to other illnesses and infect others with the virus because even if your child is feeling better they can still be spreading the influenza virus.
Flu-like symptoms include: - Fever (100.4 degrees F. or higher) or feverishness - Cough - Sore throat - Runny or stuffy nose - Body aches - A feeling of being very tired - Vomiting or diarrhea
Teach your children how to avoid getting the flu and how to protect others from becoming infected. - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. - Stay home when sick. - Wash hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. - Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Wash hands after blowing the nose or coughing into a tissue, and dispose of tissues after use. -Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
When leaving a message on the absentee line, please include if your child has been diagnosed with the flu. This will enable us to track illnesses.
Lisa Nigrelli, BSN, RN, NCSN Haynes School Health Office