IDPH FACT SHEET

THE FLU: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS

FLU VS COLD

January 24, 2018

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:  

 

Influenza is widespread in our community, state and country.  Since Influenza is in our community, unfortunately, we will see it in our schools.  There have been a few cases of Influenza reported from all schools in our district.  We have also seen other illness that are usually associated with winter (i.e. nausea, vomiting, fever, strep throat).  

 

However, protecting yourself and your child remains the same for all illnesses.  

 

  • Hand Washing--Wash your hands after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, after coughing or sneezing into your hands, before you eat, etc.  If hand washing is not readily available, hand sanitizers can and should be used.  

  • Covering your cough or sneeze--preferably with a tissue, your elbow or shoulder.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Germs spread this way.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, such as door knobs, light switches, computer keyboards, etc).

  • Staying home when you are sick.  Please see the reverse side of this page when considering if your child should stay home from school.

  • And for Influenza, getting a flu shot.  It is not too late!  If you have questions about a Flu Shot, please contact your healthcare provider.