Influenza Update

Dear Parents,
Please read the information below:

Flu update from MDPH Immunization-Infectious Disease Bureau:

Influenza season is underway, and parts of the U.S. are reporting widespread flu activity at high intensity (for example, in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana).  Epidemiologists from southern and mid-western states have described busy healthcare sites, and clusters influenza-like illness in schools and long-term care facilities.  Our experience with influenza suggests that we will soon be seeing similar flu activity in the northeast.  As of last week we have seen “regional” activity in Massachusetts, at low intensity.  (For more detailed information about influenza nationally and in Massachusetts, see [ http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/ ]FluView and the [ http://blog.mass.gov/publichealth/category/flu-facts/ ]MDPH FluFacts  Blog.)

As a school community we should do the following to prepare for influenza:

•    Get vaccinated!  It is not too late for students and families.
•    If your child is experiencing influenza-like illness (fever >100.4◦ F and cough or sore throat) please keep your child home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil).
•    Please remind your student to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, and to wash their hands
•    Please let your school nurse know if your child has been diagnosed with the flu.

Please see the  list of resources below:
[ ]The Flu: A Guide for Parents (MDPH)
[ ]La gripe: Guía para padres (Spanish version)
[ ]Gripe: um guia para os pais (Portuguese version)
[ ]Cover Your Cough Materials (CDC)
[ ]Fight the Flu Poster for Parents (PDF)
[ ]Spanish (PDF)
[ ]Portuguese (PDF)

Take care and have a safe and healthy holiday season.

 

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