Nurse - Mrs. Dwyer


From the Nurse


As we all know, it continues to be the cold, flu, and stomach virus season. If you haven’t had your flu vaccine yet, it is not too late!  


Cold Versus Flu--What Is the Difference??


The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses.  Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference based on symptoms alone.  In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense.  Colds are usually milder than the flu.  People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.  Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.  Flu can have very serious associated complications.


Is it a Cold or Flu?


Signs and Symptoms

Influenza

Cold

Symptom Onset

Abrupt

Gradual

Fever

Usual

Rare

Aches

Usual

Slight

Chills

Fairly common

Uncommon

Fatigue, weakness

Usual

Sometimes

Sneezing

Sometimes

Common

Stuffy nose

Sometimes

Common

Sore throat

Sometimes

Common

Chest discomfort, cough

Common

Mild to moderate

Headache

Common

Rare



Does My Child Have the Flu?


Does your child have a fever of 100 degrees or more??  Does your child have a cough? Does your child have a sore throat?


Should I Keep my Child Home??


If you checked yes to:          Fever of 100 degrees or more AND a cough or sore throat

Keep your child home for 24 hours after the fever resolves without the use of medications.


If your child has only one of the symptoms above, or has other symptoms, keep your child home at least one day to observe for additional symptoms.


Stomach Virus (Norovirus Infections)


Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting in people. Other symptoms include diarrhea, and some stomach cramping.  Sometimes people also have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness.  The illness often begins suddenly.  The illness is usually short, with symptoms lasting 1 or 2 days.


The Norovirus is very contagious and can spread easily from person to person.  Students should stay home while they have symptoms.  Students should not come to school for 24 hours from the last time they vomited.


Lice Update


Just a reminder to keep head checks in your weekly routine.  You are doing a great job; keep up the great work!!