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Nurse Note

If symptoms persist or worsen, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.  The flu can be serious for children of all ages, causing them to miss school, activities, or can lead to hospitalization.  Notify your child’s healthcare provider if your child develops difficulty breathing or a new onset of wheezing. If your child has asthma, please make sure we have a copy of your child’s Asthma Action Plan.

We also instruct students and staff to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Take 3 approach to fight the flu. You can help by reminding your children about preventative actions shown below. Also, make sure your children get plenty of exercise, sleep and healthy food. Please keep your children home if they are sick, especially if they have a fever above 100o F, diarrhea, vomiting, or a severe cough.

CDC Take 3 Approach:

1.  Get the flu vaccine every year

2.  Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs:

=         Wash hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available,

=         Cover coughs with a disposable tissue or cough into their sleeve,

=         Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth,

=         Avoid close contact with sick individuals,

=         Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils, and

=         Stay home when sick.

3.  Take flu antiviral drugs if your healthcare provider prescribes them.

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