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Notes from the Nurse

We are entering into flu season.  Influenza is a respiratory virus which causes fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, cough and sore throat.  Influenza is not to be confused with the stomach virus you often hear referred to as “The Flu”, which may cause vomiting, diarrhea and stomach upset.  Enterovirus D68 is a virus which causes respiratory illness. With this virus there is an increased risk of complications for children with Asthma or other respiratory conditions. 

The best ways you can protect yourself from illnesses are:

· Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers are not as effective in killing these viruses.

· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

· Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

· Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

In an attempt to keep the virus from spreading:

· Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, if no tissue is available, sneeze or cough into your elbow or shoulder. 

· Wash your hands frequently especially after blowing your nose or coughing. 

· Refrain from visiting others or attending social events when you are sick.

· Stay home from school or work when you are sick.

When should I keep my child home? When can he/she return to school?

· Fever above 100 degrees—Return when there is no fever for 24 hours without Tylenol or Ibuprofen

· Vomiting—Return when there is no vomiting for 24 hours and is able to eat solid food

· Diarrhea—Return when there is no diarrhea for 24 hours

· Rash of unknown origin, anytime a child has a fever and a rash you should call your doctor—Return when the rash is gone or with a note from the doctor acknowledging the rash is not contagious and that your child may return to school. 

· Red eyes with pain, itching, burning or abnormal drainage.  Some children get red eyes with allergies, if allergy medicine or eye drops don’t help the redness it probably isn’t related to allergies.—Return when the redness is gone or with a note from the doctor allowing the child to return to school

If you have any questions about whether your child is well enough to come to school, please contact your school nurse or your doctor.

Shannon Kennedy RN -  826-7806