In an effort to help keep our school community healthy during flu season, the district wants to share some reminders, as well as helpful information from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The flu, or influenza, is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can spread from person to person and are more readily spread in group settings, such as schools. Infants and young children are at greater risk.
Here are some simple things your children can do to prevent getting the flu, as recommended by the New York State Department of Health:
- Get a flu shot (children 6 months and older, as well as their parents and family members)
- Stay away from people who are sick
- Wash your hands often
- Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing
- Stay home if you’re sick
Symptoms of the flu include fatigue, fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. If your child has these symptoms or is otherwise ill, please do not send them to school.
If you are unsure about whether or not to send your child to school, please contact your school’s Health Office or your family physician.