We are having an increase in the Flu virus in our county. Below are some guidelines to decrease the spread of both viruses.
- Do not send your child to school if they are sick with flu-like illness. Symptoms often are fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and can include vomiting and diarrhea.
- If they have a fever, they cannot return to school until they are fever free without the assistance of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (Ibuprofen) for 24 hours.
- Don’t send them back to school until they are free of cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours.
- The flu vaccine is safe and the best way to protect your child from the flu. It can help them to not get the flu at all, or to at least have milder and shorter symptoms. If your child is not sick and has not had the flu, please take them to their Doctor, the Union County Health Department, to CVS or Walgreens for a Flu shot. But, remember it takes 2 weeks after receiving the vaccine for it to be effective in fighting the Flu.
- Please encourage your child and all other members of the family to wash their hands frequently throughout the day and if possible to not touch their face with their hands.
Please remember that if your child becomes ill with any of the above symptoms or a fever at school, they will be sent home. Your cooperation in picking them up in a timely manner is appreciated.
Thank you for your help in stopping the spread of the FLU!
Sandra K. Crawford, RN, BSN
School Health Coordinator
Department of Health-Union County
495 East Main Street
Lake Butler, FL 32054
You can view the official document here:
Note to Parents – Flu