Nurse's Notes

 Welcome to Nurse's Notes!

Here you will find important health information and deadlines that are required for your child to stay healthy and stay in school! Check back frequently for updated information. 

 

 

 

We are starting to see cases of "true flu" in our school. Below you will find ways of preventing influenza. 

 

 

 

Please don't confuse gastroenteritis (stomach flu) with influenza. These are signs of influenza:

 

 

 

  • Fever over 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headache
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Onset of symptoms are usually sudden 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

 

If you haven't gotten your flu shot, do it now!!

 

 

 

Candice Sauerbrunn, RN

District Nurse

Anna District 37