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posted Jan 31, 2018, 7:57 AM by Danielle Bafunno

January 22, 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians:

To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that you keep your child home from school if they are experiencing flu symptoms.  Seek medical attention as necessary and report any flu symptoms or a flu diagnosis to your child's School Nurse.

A child who has a fever greater than 100.4 degrees should remain at home until they are “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours without having fever-reducing medicine. We recommend that your child stay home from school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

  • Wet or croupy cough

  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing using a paper tissue, throw it  

    away and then wash hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

If your child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether to bring them to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

The Pender County Health Department recommends adults and children get vaccinated against the flu annually. The flu shot is one of the best ways to prevent illness from the seasonal influenza virus. For more information about flu prevention, please call the Health Department at 910-259-1230 or visit www.cdc.gov/flu.

Carolyn Moser, Director

Pender County Health and Human Services