From the School Nurse – Influenza

Since the Winter Break, as a District, we have had 2 cases of reported/medically confirmed Influenza, 1 case at the high school and 1 case at the middle school. Both students were ill for 12 -14 days. We have seen many students with colds.

What are the symptoms of Influenza versus the symptoms of a cold?

The symptoms of Influenza can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

Attached you will find some helpful materials to review. If you suspect your child has Influenza, please do not send them to school. Call your health provider for direction, especially if your child has asthma, is immune compromised or there is an infant living in the home.

Questions, please call the school nurse.