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A Note from ACS on the Current Cold & Flu Season

Thursday, January 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michi Trota
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Cold and flu season has arrived and with it comes with runny noses, fevers and sore throats, so ACS would like to provide some information about the flu (influenza) and gastrointestinal illnesses. ACS is being proactive disinfecting classroom surfaces and reinforcing good handwashing with the students to help prevent the spread of illness. As a reminder, hands should be washed with soap and water or hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing, or using tissue. Also respiratory hygiene, which includes covering sneezes and coughs, prevents dispersing respiratory secretions into the air and should be encouraged. If the flu is diagnosed within the first two of days of symptoms, an antiviral medication may be prescribed by your health care provider. Also, it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine which is recommended annually for anyone over the age of six (6) months. 

If you child exhibits signs of illness such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or a cough which interferes with concentration in class, please keep them home. They should not return until symptom free for 24 hours without medications. Please leave a detailed explanation of your child's absence on the attendance line (x7299) or call Nurse Ciccione directly so she is able to monitor illnesses in the classroom. Thank you. Stay well.

Links for further reading:
When to Keep Children at Home
DuPage County Health Dept. Fact Sheet: Influenza
DuPage County Health Dept. Fact Sheet: GI Illness

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