2018 Flu Clinic Information
The flu season will be upon us soon. There may be confusion as to what the “flu” really means. Some may use the term to describe the common cold, vomiting and diarrhea (stomach bug), or most accurately, the viral respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus.
Infection with the influenza virus can lead to serious complications. The best protection against influenza is by getting your annual flu vaccination. Please contact your local pharmacy or health care provider to schedule a flu vaccination if you have not already done so.
We encourage our students, family members, and employees to monitor their health status and stay home and/or seek medical attention if feeling ill.
If your child is not feeling well, we ask that you follow the protocols below:
- Check their temperature before taking any fever-reducing medication;
- Keep them home if the temperature is 100(F) or higher;
- Keep your child home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication; and
- If there is vomiting or diarrhea, stay home until symptoms resolve; and
- Notify the school of your child’s absence and inform the nurse of any specific diagnosis.
Practice proper hand hygiene:
- Wash hands thoroughly or use hand sanatizer, especially after coughing or sneezing, before eating, and after being in public places or using a lavatory;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth; and
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow.
Get better and stay well by:
- Eating nutritious foods;
- Drinking plenty of fluids; and
- Getting adequate sleep at night.
Together we can reduce the impact of illness in our schools. For any questions or concerns, contact your individual schools. Please visit our Health Services page for more information and details about our free Influenza Vaccination clinics - https://www.mahopac.k12.ny.us/groups/11077/health_services/home