Health Office Letter

Health Office Letter
Posted on 02/05/2018
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Dear Parent/Guardian:

We are entering the time of the year when we see influenza and respiratory viruses in school.  We want to let you know steps to follow to help keep our school community healthy.                                   

Flu Season Is Here!

                                    *Help us keep your children safe during flu season*

 

FLU

Common Cold

Stomach Virus

How it Begins

Sudden

Gradual

Sudden

Cough

Severe

Mild to moderate

None

Muscles

Achy

Non to mild aches

Mild

Stuffy Runny Nose

Sometimes

Common

None

Tiredness

Severe

Mild

Moderate

Fever

None to high grade

None to mild grade

Sometimes

Complications

Bronchitis/pneumonia/sepsis/dehydration/difficulty breathing

Earache/sinus infection

Dehydration

 

If symptoms persist or worsen, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to be evaluated.  Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic health problems are the most vulnerable to complications.

  • The flu vaccine can help prevent or lessen flu symptoms.  Please talk to your healthcare provider about getting a flu shot.
  • Wash your hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and frequently during the day.
  • Cover coughs with a disposable tissue or cough into the elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals.
  • Do not share cups or eating utensils.
  • STAY HOME WHEN SICK AND DO NOT SEND CHILDREN TO SCHOOL WHEN SICK!!
  • If your child is complaining about shortness of breath, is having difficulty breathing or develops a new onset of wheezing please seek immediate emergency medical attention!
  • DO NOT SEND CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL UNLESS THEY HAVE BEEN FEVER FREE, NO DIARRHEA, AND NO VOMITING FOR 24 HOURS WITHOUT THE AID OF MEDICATIONS.
  • The flu typically lasts at least a week. Plan on your child needing to be out at least that long.  Sending them back too early can cause dramatic setbacks.
  • People with the flu are at an increased risk of dehydration; especially children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a chronic health problem.  Please make sure your child is drinking enough water and fluids during the day and monitor their bathroom use to ensure they are adequately hydrated.

 

           Thank you for your cooperation and for all you do to help keep our schools safe and healthy.

Kristy Taylor RN, BSN     Marbletown Elementary School   845-687-0284  Fax 845-687-7691
Krista Kelly RN   Intermediate School   845-687-2400 x4604  Fax 845-687-7109
Joann Redmond RN   Junior High School   845-687-2400 x4603  Fax 845-687-7109
Lucy VanSickle RN  High School   845-687-2400 x4218  Fax 845-687-7665
Rita Stoddard RN  Kerhonkson Elementary School   845-626-2451  Fax 845-626-5767