Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness cause by influenza viruses that infects the nose, throat and lungs. It is not the “stomach flu” we often think of as the “flu.”
Signs and symptoms of Influenza (flu) include
• Fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches.
•Many times a person may start with head ache and sore throat and then progress to fever, cough and feeling fatigue.
• Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Due to numerous cases at school, it is very important to remember that your student needs to remain home until they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. They also need to stay home until they are 24 hours diarrhea and vomiting free without medication.
Many people with influenza may be able to infect others beginning one day before they develop symptoms and up to seven days after symptoms develop.
Uncomplicated influenza illness typically resolves after three to seven days for the majority of persons, although cough and malaise can persist for more than weeks.
Do not return to school or work until fever/vomit free and not coughing or sneezing excessively for 24 hours without the use of medication to help.
If your child tests positive for Influenza, please notify the school of this as well. We appreciate your cooperation to help keep staff and students healthy.