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Nurse / Health

As we approach the winter months, flu season will soon be upon us!

Both “the flu” (influenza virus) and “the common cold” (rhinovirus) account for most student absences during the school year.

Here are some things you can do to stay healthy and in school:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues, or cough into your elbow. Have a package of tissues handy in your backpack.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of “the flu”.  Symptoms are sudden and commonly include: high fever (>38oC), chills, dry cough, body aches, headache and severe tiredness. Some may also have sore throat, stuffy nose, and/or stomach ache. If you are concerned that your child may have some of these symptoms, see your family doctor.
  • Discuss with your family doctor the possibility of getting the yearly influenza or flu vaccine.
  • Do not come to school when you are sick. This helps decrease the spread of infection to other classmates and teachers. Students may return to school once they are fever-free and symptom-free for 24 hours. Students out sick for >3 days must provide a doctor’s note stating they are able to return back to school.
  • Take care of yourself. Get a good night’s sleep, eat well-balanced meals, exercise, and take vitamins to help keep your immune system strong.

For more information, click on these links:

The Flu vs. the Common Cold

Flu Season Screening Form for Parents

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Karina Muzikants
School Nurse, Health Educator

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