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Protect yourself, others during flu season

Flu season is upon us. With confirmed cases of influenza in Madison County, the district would like to remind you of the importance of protecting yourself and others from the spread of the virus and other germs. Please read below for some information about influenza. 


Influenza-like-illness Information Sheet (click HERE for a printable version)

Contact your child’s health care provider immediately if your child experiences ANY of the following:
     1. fast breathing or trouble breathing
     2. bluish or gray skin color
     3. not drinking enough fluids
     4. severe or persistent vomiting
     5. not waking up or not interacting
     6. being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
     7. flu-like symptoms improve, then return with fever and worse cough
Follow these following instructions:
  • If your child is sick, keep home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading the illness to others.
  • Your child’s health care provider will decide whether testing or treatment is needed.
  • Before visiting a health care setting, tell the provider about your child’s symptoms.
  • Do not travel while sick, and limit your child’s contact with others as much as possible to help prevent the spread of illness.
The same steps used to prevent the common cold and seasonal flu virus apply when trying to prevent spreading. The following are some general steps that your family can follow:
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds (long enough for children to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice).
  • If soap and water is not available, apply ½ teaspoon (nickel-sized) of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to the palm of the hand. Rub hands together, covering all surfaces until hands are dry (approximately 20 seconds).
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of the elbow. (Dispose of tissue immediately.)
  • Stay at least six feet away from people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid crowed places where people are confined in an indoor space.
If your child does not have a health care provider or you have any questions please ask contact your school nurse.
To learn more, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.  

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