Key Facts About Influenza (Flu)

Dear Parents,

We have entered cold and flu season. We want to remind you to keep your child and others 

healthy.  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the

nose, throat, and lungs.

Signs and symptoms of flu:

Fever/chills (not everyone will have a fever)                     cough

Runny or stuffy nose                                                        sore throat

Muscle or body aches                                                      headaches

Fatigue (very tired)                                                           sometimes vomiting and/or diarrhea

             

Please remind your children to wash their hands often and cover their coughs.

Please keep them home when they are sick.

Flu facts:

  • The flu season is unpredictable. It can begin as early as October and can last as late as May.
  • Children younger than 5, especially those younger than 2, are at high risk for complications from the flu.
  • Parents and caregivers need a flu shot to help protect high-risk children and infants who are too young to receive the vaccine.
  • Fever, coughing, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue are all common symptoms of the flu. Sneezing, sore throat and a stuffy nose without fever, are commonly associated with a cold.
  • Getting the flu can cause you to miss work, school as well as social plans for up to 2 weeks

If your child gets the flu, your child may return to school when:

  • No fever for 24 hours without medication
  • No vomiting or diarrhea during the last 24 hours
  • Appetite and energy level have returned to normal

**Your best protection against the flu is to get the flu shot. If you don’t have time to schedule a doctor’s appointment, Walgreens, Rite AID, and CVS offer free flu shots with most insurance. Flu shots are available during pharmacy hours, seven days a week—no appointment needed. Be prepared.

For more information you can visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm 

 

Thank you,

Roxanne Vollmer, RN

El Segundo Unified School District Nurse

 

11/1/19