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
Muscle or body aches
Fatigue (very tired)
Please remind your children to wash their hands often and cover their coughs.
Please keep them home when they are sick.
- 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
Roxanne Vollmer, RN
El Segundo Unified School District Nurse