Nurse's Notes
With Influenza occurring more in our community, it is a great time to understand the symptoms of the flu and what you should do if you think you have it. 

Symptoms of the flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Generally the flu is worse than the common cold and symptoms are more common and intense. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

If you believe that you or your child have the flu, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people, except when getting medical care. When you go to see a doctor, ask to wear a mask. This will help prevent spreading your germs to others. 

It is recommended that you stay home until you have not had a fever or fever like chills for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication (Tylenol and ibuprofen). If you have the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication. Antivirals work best if they are started within 48 hours of getting sick or the time your symptoms start. It is important to call your doctor as soon as you believe you may have the flu.

If you are not feeling well, ask someone else to go to the store to pick up stuff you may need. Staying home allows you to get rest and also prevents others from getting sick. If your child has seen a doctor and tested positive for influenza, please notify the school at 564-6535.

If you have other questions or want to know more information the CDC is a great place to look.