The flu season has arrived, and there have been several cases reported in the Bridgewater- Raritan Regional School District. Flu viruses are common in the late fall and winter months; and it is important to note that the flu season can last as late as May.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Transmission of the virus is airborne and occurs when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, or sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting the flu. Some of them are as follows:
- Get a yearly flu vaccine for yourself and your child.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—throw the tissue away after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleanser.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs can enter the body this way.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.
- Check with your doctor or other health care professional if your child is exhibiting any flu symptoms.
- Do not return to school until fever- free for 24 hours without fever- reducing medication
- Observe the child in your care closely for symptoms of the flu. Consult your doctor if symptoms are present.
Please contact your healthcare provider for further information and instruction regarding the flu.
Crim School Nurse