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Flu 2019: Reminders for Parents and Students

February 04, 2019

(HCS) - While the State of Alabama is seeing widespread flu activity, currently our school system is seeing relatively low numbers of flu cases reported to us. Common flu symptoms include: 

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

We are monitoring numbers daily. Be assured that we are diligent in our efforts to prevent the spread of illness in our schools. Please partner with us: as you monitor your children for symptoms of illness, to be sure that they do not attend school while they have a fever.

The Alabama Department of Public Health urges the general public to follow these actions to avoid getting and spreading the flu:

  • Stay at home if you have a fever, and for at least 24 hours post fever without fever-reducing medications
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your cough and sneeze
  • Clean and disinfect your environment
  • Consider getting the flu vaccine

Many minor illnesses or injuries often occur that do not require your child to be absent from school. There are also many illnesses that do require your child to be absent from school, for your child’s protection as well as the protection of other students and staff members. Such conditions would include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher -within the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained diarrhea
  • Pink eye (untreated)
  • Strep throat (untreated)
  • Injury or illness requiring intensive medical services
  • Adverse side effects from medication that need monitoring
  • Head lice or continued presence of nits after treatment of head lice

Again, with regard to flu, we have experienced low numbers overall relative to our student and employee populations.  This is a testament to the diligence of our students, parents, and employees as we all strive for a clean, healthy school environment.

We appreciate your effort, interest, and cooperation as we continue to make our way through flu season.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Flu Guidance