Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Coming Back to School

Coming back to school:


Welcome back! Hope you had a healthy vacation. I always wish for all students to come back healthy, but, unfortunately, that rarely happens. Even though we are coming off a long vacation, please keep your child home if he/she is ill.
The main illnesses I was seeing before the break were:
  • GI illness which ranged from crampy stomachs to diarrhea and vomiting or anything in between. Rarely was a fever present.
  • Fever illness which started as just a persistent headache and then the fever appeared. It often spiked into the 103-104 range.
  • Cold/flu-like symptoms. Flu-like illness means you have the symptoms of the flu. Diagnosis of influenza requires a laboratory test. I have included some information below about the Influenza that is going through our country this year and how to decide what you need to do.
We cleaned the school well over break and will continue to wipe down surfaces regularly, so we will do our best to keep everyone healthy.


Influenza (the flu):


The most recent information from the CDC indicates "widespread flu (influenza) activity" in Vermont and across the country. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm.  


Here's a few reminders to help keep your family healthy.
  • Wash your hands frequently!! This is the BEST way to keep yourself (and your family) healthy. Lather for 20 seconds; don't forget your thumbs, fingernails, and the back of your hands; turn off the faucet with a paper towel. 
  • If you haven't received your flu shot, please consider getting one to help prevent the spread of flu. Even though the effectiveness is lower this year (about 30%)  it is still better than zero protection.  
  • Please remember to keep your child home if he or she is sick. Your child should not return to school until at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved (without fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Advil)

Is it a cold or the flu?  Should you call your child's pediatrician?  

Click on the  Flu Decision Chart

 
What are the serious warning signs of flu?  If you or your child has these symptoms, get treatment at the nearest emergency room right away.  Flu symptoms and complications