Help Protect Your Family from the Flu
The health of our children is very important to all of us. At school we track and monitor for contagious illnesses closely so that we're prepared to do everything we can to help keep students healthy. We also want to make sure parents and guardians have the information they need to understand and get ready for flu season.
Here are some ways to help protect both you and your family from getting sick and also to help plan for possible illness:
- Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Teach your children to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, then throw tissues away and wash hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Use good role-modeling for family members to help in guiding them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread easily.
- Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Keep children at home who are sick. They should stay home at least 24 hours after their fever has passed without the use of fever reducing medicine.
- Avoid others as much as possible until feeling better.
- Report school absences by phoning the attendance office. The Thurston County Health Dept. is collecting data on suspected cases of influenza, please inform the attendance office if your child is experiencing flu-like symptoms. These would include fever over 100 degrees, combined with sore throat, coughing, runny nose, etc.
- Prepare ahead of time in case of illness. Keep on hand, a supply of medication, food, favorite fluids to keep children well hydrated, and other helpful supplies (like tissues, thermometer, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, etc).
- Plan ahead (with relatives, close friends, etc.) for possible child care needs. This may help prevent increase work absences for working parents.
- Adults who are ill should also stay home from work. Stay home and avoid contact with others as much as possible, until fever is passed for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
We're also available to help answer questions or concerns at school. Please feel free to call the health room at 412-4703