It’s that time again! Flu season is just around the corner and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released its new guidelines to assist school administrators help reduce the spread of the flu.
Here are the highlights:
- Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughs and sneezes of infected individuals. People may also become infected by touching something with flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
- School-aged children are the group with the highest rates of flu illness
Symptoms of flu can include:
- Fever (although not everyone with flu has a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
Warning signs that indicate a person should get medical care right away include:
In young children:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with rash
- Encourage students, parents, and staff to take the time to get a yearly flu vaccine. Encourage students, parents, and staff to take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. Encourage routine surface cleaning through education, policy, and the provision of supplies, Encourage students and staff to stay home when sick through education and policy, Educate students, parents, and staff on what to do if someone gets sick and Establish relationships with state and local health officials so that you can take action quickly if flu conditions become more severe in your community.
Go to the CDC.gov widget located in the right margin of my blog to get more detailed information.