Cold or flu?
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We have seen a spike in the number of absences on a daily basis for the past week. We have had numerous cases of reported influenza, even in people who have received the flu vaccine, this includes adults as well as students. Please review the guidelines in the attached letter for the symptoms of the common cold vs. the symptoms of in influenza.
Tips for Taking Care of Children with the Flu
We have reached the time of the school year when we are starting to see a spike in the number of children who are absent because of illness. There seem to be several viruses going around at St. Mary School. We have the usual upper respiratory illness with coughing and sneezing, a stomach bug causing nausea and diarrhea, sinus and ear infections as well as strep throat. We have CONFIRMED cases of influenza in students who received the flu shot or nasal mist. Symptoms of influenza can include headache, cough, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, fever, chills, extreme tiredness, aching and loss of appetite. Please be mindful of your child’s complaints and keep him/her home if they complain of the above symptoms and have a fever. Please remind your child to wash their hands with soap and water ALWAYS after toileting and before eating. HANDWASHING IS THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESSES IN OUR SCHOOL! PLEASE TEACH YOUR CHILD RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE as well, COUGH OR SNEEZE IN YOUR SLEEVE!
Influenza is being diagnosed earlier than usual this year in Central Ohio. Influenza is a virus and viruses have the ability to change rapidly. The vaccines we get are a really good match for the current years flu and some years not so good! It seems that maybe this year the shot isn’t a perfect match for the virus that is out there!
If your child gets sick you may want the doctor to do a flu test to be sure. If you or your child is diagnosed with influenza PLEASE STAY HOME AND GET PLENTY OF REST AND FLUIDS! IT MAY TAKE A WEEK OR TWO to get better, but if you stay home and take care you will get well without running risk of more serious illness.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 740-687-1686 or 740-808-4280 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Nurse Debbie Wilson
7th grade parents, please read the attached letter from Nurse Debbie Wilson:
News from Nurse Debbie
The Ohio Department of Health has added a new immunization requirement for students entering 7th grade. Your child must get a booster dose of Tdap prior to the start of school in August. The p in the above vaccine is pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis is what we see outbreaks of in schools from time to time, thus we are hoping to prevent it. Most school age children need a booster of tetanus by the time they reach junior high, thus the combination vaccine. The only exception to this rule is if your child has a documented allergy or adverse reaction to pertussis in which case I would need a signed statement from the physician. If this is the case you still need to ask the physician if it is time for your child to receive a tetanus booster.
This booster is available at the Fairfield Department of Health, 1587 Granville Pike, across from OUL. You may schedule an appointment by calling 740-652-2800.
Your 7th grader must have this booster by the 10th school day of the 2012-2013 school year which begins in August 22, 2012.
Debbie Wilson, RN
School Nurse/St. Mary School
**THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE PROVIDING THE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE FOR A FEE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MEMINGOCOCCAL VACCINE COST CALL 740-6752-2828.