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flue virus clipartInfluenza season is upon us!  With that in mind, I wanted to share some information about the signs and symptoms of influenza to be watching for, and give recommendations for when to keep your child home from school.

Symptoms of influenza (the flu) can include: fever, sore throat, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults).  Some people with the flu will not have a fever. 

Consult your doctor as needed if your child develops flu-like symptoms including fever and/or cough.

In order to prevent the spread of germs and the flu virus, your sick child should stay home for at least 24 hours after his/her fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medicine like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  

Please communicate with the school if your child has been diagnosed by a doctor with positive influenza so that we can take precautions to prevent the spread of illness.

Take care during this flu season!
Dennett Showalter RN
Belmond-Klemme School Nurse


Stay Healthy - 6 tips for avoiding the flu, colds, and other communicable diseases

1. Get a Flu Shot - the #1 thing you can do to prevent the flu! They are still giving them!
2. Wash your hands -- A LOT. 

It sounds so simple, but soap and water are the constant companions of doctors and nurses. To completely get rid of viruses from your skin, you need to scrub hard for 20 seconds or more. A good way to time yourself is to sing "Happy Birthday" twice while scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. It doesn't matter if the water's hot or cold -- the very act of scrubbing will physically remove the germs.

3. Use alcohol- base hand sanitizer -  if you are unable to get to soap and water, hand sanitizer will help kill viruses and bacteria. 

4. Avoid getting close to people who are sick (Stay home when you are sick also!)

5. Keep your surroundings clean

6. Keep up a healthy lifestyle

Get adequate rest -- which people underestimate -- get good nutrition, don’t smoke, and keep your allergies controlled, because if they’re out of control, then your upper respiratory tree is already inflamed, which sets it up to more easily acquire a virus.