Preventing the Flu, Watching Coronavirus
Influenza (aka, “the flu”) is easily spread from person to person; when someone who has it sneezes, coughs or even talks, the virus passes into the air and can be breathed in by anyone nearby. People also can become infected by touching something with the influenza virus on it, such as a surface or object, and then touching their nose or mouth.
The best way to prevent the flu is through annual vaccination. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends a three-pronged approach: Influenza vaccination, use of antiviral medications for treatment if you are diagnosed, and the use of other measures to decrease the spread of influenza, including handwashing, cough etiquette and staying home from work and school when ill.
Symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever of 100 F or above
- Cough and/ or sore throat.
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Headache and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/ or diarrhea (more common in children)
Your child should stay home from school and possibly visit a health care provider if he or she has the symptoms listed above or:
- Diarrhea two or more times in the past 24 hours
- Vomiting in the past 12 hours (until without fever and able to keep down food and drink)
- Severe cough or cold symptoms
- A rash that is spreading
If in doubt, keep your child home and contact the school health office.
District administration is monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak in China and has been in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to identify any preventative measures we can put in place to protect our students and staff. Currently IDPH does not have additional recommendations for this virus above and beyond the measures we have in place to prevent the spread of influenza, but we will continue to work closely with them as they learn more about the virus and potentially have additional recommendations. They have reassured us that anyone returning to the country will be screened upon reentry and at that time they will determine if it is safe for that individual to return to work or school.