Influenza season is among us. The biggest way that we can prevent the spread of any illness is by preventing the spread of germs. Please encourage your children to wash their hands and cover their cough. A rule of thumb for hand washing for our younger ones is to wash for at least 20 seconds or sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
Per our school policy, please keep your children home from school for 24 hours after any episode of vomiting, diarrhea or fever (100 F or higher). Your children can return once that symptom has been resolved for 24 hours and they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
With all of that said, many individuals do not know what Influenza looks like or even what it is. As technologically advanced as we are today, we all know that it is easy to find information on the internet. However, many of the websites may not be reputable or accurate, so below is a link of a reputable source of information on Influenza facts if you are interested.
As the school nurse, please know that I am also here as a resource to each one of your families. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns. I may not always know the answer, but I usually know where to find it.
Thank you for entrusting me with the care of your children,
Have a great day!
Meghan Bergan, BSN, RN