Influenza Updates

Because a few new Influenza cases have been reported in school this week, we are sending this reminder about the differences between the "common cold" and the "flu".  The "flu" is a viral infection that usually comes on suddenly with any or all of the following:  fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches, chills, fatigue, poor appetite, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.  The "common cold" may have many of the same symptoms but is not as severe; a child may have a low-grade temperature reading but generally has their usual appetite and remains pretty active while managing the nasal congestion and cough. 

Some parents have reported that their child tested positive for influenza even though the flu vaccine had been given.  It's important to remember that the annual vaccines can reduce the risk of becoming ill if exposed to the virus but cannot provide 100% immunity due to the rapidly changing nature of the influenza viruses.  If you suspect that your child has the flu, we encourage you to contact the pediatrician for an evaluation.  Your doctor can help you develop a treatment plan for your child that may likely include increasing fluids (jello, clear soup, popsicles), rest, and using some type of fever-reducer.  As a reminder, students need to be fever-free without the aid of a fever-reducing medication and be feeling well for at least 24 hours before returning to school.