For your Health - Flu Information

For your Health - Flu Information
Posted on 01/22/2018
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Dear Bloomfield Public Schools Community,

As you all know we are in the middle of flu season and other varying viruses and illnesses.  At Bloomfield Public Schools, we are all doing what we can to stop the spread of germs and to monitor your children closely for illness and where appropriate contact you, our parents.  This letter is to help provide you with vital information regarding the flu and to also reiterate our policies here at Bloomfield Public Schools, in an effort to keep everyone safe.

How does it spread?

(From the CDC website) “Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk.  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.  Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.”   

 

Signs and Symptoms of possible Influenza (Flu):

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC; https://www.cdc.gov)   “the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.  It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.   The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.  People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually”:

  • Fever or felling chills (it is important to note not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
  • Cough                  Sore Throat                  Runny or stuffy nose     Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches            Fatigue (very tired)       Vomiting and diarrhea are more common in young children.

How long is the flu contagious?

According to the CDC website, people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins.  Although healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.  Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

 

YOU CAN HELP!  PLEASE talk to your child about: 

Hand washing:  There are posters in all the schools to help teach the students the proper hand washing technique – to reiterate this habit, ask your children(s) to teach you. 

 

Coughing and sneezing- teach your children to cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue, so not to allow any germs to become airborne.

If you suspect your child is not feeling well.  PLEASE keep your child home to be monitored under your supervision.  If your child has a fever of 100.0 or greater, your child needs to stay home until 24 hours fever free.  If your child has diarrhea, keep your child home until your child is diarrhea free for 24 hours.  If your child is complaining of a sore throat or ear pain, consider speaking with your physician.  We would like to reiterate our sick children stay at home guidelines in our school’s handbook, you can find these on the school website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school nurse’s office.

Stay Healthy!!

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