Guarding Our Middleburgh School Community Against the Flu

Poster from New York State Department of Heath explaining flu symptoms, preventative measures and ways to prevent the spread of flu.

Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that can affect anyone, including our children. Fortunately, there are measures  parents and guardians can take to prevent its spread and safeguard our community. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) offers insights on how to combat the flu.

Understanding Flu Symptoms

Flu symptoms can appear suddenly and include fever, chills, body aches, cough, sore throat, headache, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, and sometimes stomach problems and diarrhea, which can be particularly prevalent in children.  

Preventing the Flu

NYSDOH recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone aged six months and older as the best preventative measure. Getting vaccinated early in the fall ensures protection when flu season arrives.  Vaccination is available in many locations including pharmacies, your doctor’s office, and students may be vaccinated right here at Bassett SBHC.

Managing Flu Cases

If your student contracts the flu, providing plenty of rest and fluids is essential. Keep them home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever subsides without fever-reducing medication to prevent spreading the virus. 

Young children and those with certain medical conditions are at higher risk for severe flu complications, so it’s crucial to stay vigilant. If your child exhibits flu symptoms and is under five or has an underlying medical condition, consult their healthcare provider for antiviral treatment.

Preventing the Spread of Flu

Regular handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol-based hand rubs, practicing good respiratory hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching one’s face are each important ways to help prevent the spread of germs.

Your efforts to help prevent the spread of flu are appreciated by the MCS community.

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