Medical Alert – Potential Influenza / Norovirus
Woodland Public Schools has had an increased number of absences due to influenza (also known as “flu”) in some of our students and staff. We have also noticed an increase in vomiting and/or diarrhea among our students. Norovirus is likely causing the illness.
Since flu can be very contagious and is a potentially serious illness, we have implemented steps for controlling the spread in our schools and recommend families also follow the below steps to help prevent the spread of flu:
- Keep your children home if they are ill with:
- A fever of 100 degrees or higher
- A cough and/or congestion
- A sore throat
- A headache and/or muscle aches
- Your child(ren) may return to school when they have been without a fever for at least 24 hours. This means a temperature less than 100 degrees without taking anti-fever medications.
- Teach your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with their elbow to avoid spreading flu germs. If you cough or sneeze into your hands, you risk spreading disease when you touch surfaces that others come into contact with.
- Encourage your children to wash their hands frequently during the day, especially after using the bathroom, before eating and after accidentally coughing or sneezing into their hands. Washing with soap and warm, running water for 20-30 seconds is one of the best way of avoiding respiratory illnesses. If soap and water are not available, your children should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Make sure vaccinations are up-to-date. Annual flu vaccinations are the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. More information about the flu and flu vaccination is available at:
- CDC Flu Page: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm