Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,
The flu season has begun in Massachusetts. It’s a good time to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this flu season. Call your healthcare provider or your local board of health, or visit a local pharmacy, and get vaccinated against the flu.
The main symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever and cough and/or sore throat. Some people also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feel tired. Some may also have diarrhea and vomiting. Please keep your child home if they have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher with a cough OR sore throat. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours without acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) before sending them back to school. If your child has flu-like symptoms or has been diagnosed with the flu, sharing that information with the school nurses would be helpful.
Below are some helpful resources for more information:
·The Flu Guide for Parents www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/the-flu-guide-for-parents.pdf (distribution of this flyer meets the new influenza education requirement)
· To see flu activity levels in all 50 states click https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/main.html
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Cindy Fiore RN BSN