Flu season is coming!

When should I get vaccinated?

You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.

If you and your child have not yet gotten a flu shot, please call to make an appointment or get one at your local pharmacy!

More important information can be found here or on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2018-2019.htm

Pneumonia

District 39 has seen a few cases of pneumonia so far in October 2018, here is some information about pneumonia from the CDC.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Depending on the cause, doctors often treat pneumonia with medicine. In addition, vaccines can prevent some types of pneumonia. However, it is still the leading infectious cause of death in children younger than 5 years old worldwide. Common signs of pneumonia include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. You can help prevent pneumonia and other respiratory infections by following good hygiene practices. These practices include washing your hands regularly and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Making healthy choices, like quitting smoking and managing ongoing medical conditions, can also help prevent pneumonia.


It’s that time of year…illness:

With the return to school and increased interactions/sharing of germs, we are seeing the usual increase in illness. We truly appreciate your partnership as we strive to support our students to remain as healthy as possible. Please remember, children may return to school once they are 24-hours fever-free without use of medication, and 24-hours free of vomiting or diarrhea.

Thank you for continuing to report communicable illness; when a report is received, a grade level notification letter is generated. The custodial staff also performs an enhanced cleaning of the affected room. All students at Central are regularly encouraged to wash their hands and cover their coughs. If you have any questions about which illnesses to report, or general questions regarding whether your child is well enough for school, please don’t hesitate to contact the school nurse or your pediatrician’s office.

For information regarding Influenza, please click here.

We are also seeing the return of reported cases of lice. Please make sure to check your children at home at least once a week. Regular checks at home are the best way to catch lice early on! For more information regarding lice, please click here. Make sure to notify the school for any discovered cases of lice and remember that students must be checked by the nurse to ensure they are lice and nit free before they can return to school.