Influenza

Influenza

Influenza (commonly referred to as the “flu”) is a viral disease of the respiratory tract. There are two main types of influenza virus: A and B. Illness is usually characterized by sudden onset with symptoms of high fever or chills, headache, congestion, muscle aches, and a dry cough. Some individuals may experience stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the lining of the eyes). Most people are ill with the “flu” for a week or less. 

Transmission:  The flu is spread through direct contact with an ill person.  Infection with the “flu” does not make a person immune. The viruses that cause influenza frequently change, and people may be infected with a new strain.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Diagnosis: Diagnosis is generally made presumptively based on symptoms. However, laboratory tests can be obtained to confirm this diagnosis.

Treatment:  Health care providers generally advise individuals with influenza to drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest.

If your child has symptoms of the flu, please consult their physician and keep them home from school especially if they have a fever.

Please telephone our school office to let us know when your child is absent due to illness. We monitor for flu-like symptoms.

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