January 22, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This is the time of year when many people in our community become ill with influenza, also called the “flu”. The flu is widespread and more severe this year in Connecticut and throughout the nation. The flu is not just a bad cold. Although the symptoms may be similar to colds and other respiratory illnesses. The flu can make people very ill. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, severe muscle or body ached, shaking chills, headache, and fatigue. Children may also have nausea and vomiting with the flu. The very young and very old are most vulnerable to serious flu illness. Often, when school-age children become ill, they bring home the virus to other family members.
Here are some ways you and your children can help prevent the spread of the flu:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm;
- Keep your children home from school if they are sick; and
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth whenever possible
Even if your child has the flu vaccine, if your child has symptoms of the flu, it is important to seek medical attention for your child. A child with influenza should not attend school until at least 24 hours after fever ends or your provider indicates that the child is no longer contagious to others.
Please help our school community by keeping everyone safe and healthy. If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor.