This post includes a few health related news items from Cohasset Elementary School. Over the short break we’ve seen an increase of students in our school who have influenza-like illness. Symptoms of influenza-like illness include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, or fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. If your child has a health condition such as asthma, diabetes, lung or heart problems you should contact their health care provider for instructions, especially if your child develops influenza symptoms.
Here are some specific notes about Influenza and how you can help our school community:
Influenza spreads when a person with the flu coughs or sneezes. You can help us prevent the spread of influenza at our school by taking the following important steps:
- Keep your child home if they have symptoms of the flu. That means a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, with cough and or a sore throat.
- Sick children should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or Motrin.
- Teach your child to clean their hands often, with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. We will remind them to clean their hands regularly during the school day. This is very important for every student including students who are well and students who are coming back to school after being sick.
- Teach your child to cover coughs and sneezes. They should use a tissue when one is available, but they can also cough or sneeze into an elbow or arm. Hands should not be used to cover a cough or sneeze.
- Teach your child to avoid sharing personal items. That includes items like drinks, food and eating utensils.
We will continue to stress the importance all of these items at school.
Thank you for your time and stay healthy!