What is influenza?
Influenza is an upper respiratory infection. Symptoms typically come on quickly and include fever, headache, fatigue, sore throat, and body aches. It is sometimes confused with the “stomach flu”, but influenza is not associated with vomiting and diarrhea.
How can we help minimize the spread?
- Clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
- Clean commonly touched surfaces often (door knobs, refrigerator handles, phones, water faucets)
- Keep students home from school if they are showing symptoms.
- Get vaccinated.
If your child becomes ill…
- Please keep your student home from school if he or she is showing symptoms.
- Students should remain home until 24 hours after their fever is gone without fever-reducing medication, such as Tylenol or Advil.
- If you are reporting your child’s absence due to illness, please leave information on the attendance line regarding symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, body aches) to help us keep accurate records.
For more information:
- Influenza Information for Parents from the MN Department of Health: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/basics/fluparent.html
- Influenza Fact Sheet: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/basics/fluparent.pdf
- ILI Parent Screening Tool