- It is recommended that all school age children receive the flu vaccine annually. However, it is required that pre-school children receive the flu vaccine no later than December 31 st each year.
- Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. A person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
- Symptoms: Fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle/body aches, headache, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children).
- Treatment: Anti-virals, such as Tamiflu, might be prescribed by your physician. These medications shorten the duration and severity of the symptoms associated with the flu. It is also important to get plenty of rest and stay well hydrated.
- If you suspect your child has the flu, please contact your physician. If your child is diagnosed with the flu, please notify the nurse’s office.
- Your child may not return to school until he/she has been fever free, without fever reducing medication, for at least 24hours.