Cold & Flu Prevention

Cold & Flu Prevention
Posted on 02/27/2019
From Angie Anderson, District Head Nurse

Although there have been some verified cases of cold and influenza in our schools, we have not seen an increased number of cases this winter. Perhaps the abnormally high number of snow days this semester has assisted in a lower number of students with cold and flu cases at school.  

We vigilantly monitor the health of our children in our school. However, cold and flu seasons are unpredictable; timing of the flu can vary from season-to-season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often, can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through coughs and sneezes of infected people. Less often, a person also might get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose.

Good health habits can help prevent illnesses from the spread of germs and respiratory illnesses. The CDC offers some simple tips to help prevent illnesses like the cold and flu: 
Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Those who get flu-like symptoms at school should go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Those who have emergency warning signs should get immediate medical care.

If your student feels ill, please encourage them to visit the nurse’s office in his or her school building. We are here to assist with student health concerns and promote healthy children. 

View more information about cold and flu on the CDC website.