A Note from the School Nurse………….
The flu had stayed relatively quiet here at Mt Horeb, until in mid March when several confirmed flu cases were reported. There have been 10 cases of flu reported in several grade levels, and several upper respiratory like illnesses as well. As of last week, the incidence of flu like illness in the county had moved to moderate from high. Students and staff are reminded of the following steps to protect their health:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you are sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Staying away from others as much as possible while you are sick, helps keep from making others sick.
The custodial staff continues to routinely clean desk surfaces, handrails and doorknobs. Please encourage your child to wash hands frequently, and to bring a water bottle to school, rather than using the water fountains.
The single best way to protect against the flu is to be vaccinated each year. It is not too late to obtain the vaccine. Many local pharmacies are offering the vaccine, as well as your private physician. Go to http://www.nj.gov/health/flu/findflushot.shtml to find pharmacies administering the vaccine.
I will continue to update you during this flu season, and I encourage you to call me with any questions or concerns. I plan to visit the classrooms to remind students of good prevention tips to avoid the spread of germs. I am asking parents to keep their child home if they show signs of flu (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting). If there is a persistent cough that remains, despite being fever free, please keep your child home until the cough lessens. If you call your child in absent, please leave the symptoms your child has, as well as if you have been to the physician and your child was diagnosed with the flu.
For information on the flu vaccine for 2013-2014 please go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html
Doris Zanchelli RN, CSN