Health Office

Health Office

caduceus
Satya Merrill, RN

480- 497-4032 x2

The Flu Season 2017-2018

Flu is sporadic throughout Arizona right now. We are beginning to see an increase in illness related absences. Please practice good hand-washing and cover-your-cough techniques to keep yourself well. Getting plenty of sleep and eating healthy foods are always a plus for promoting good health.

 Flu Symptoms

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, serious cases can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Cough
Sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Headaches
Fatigue (tiredness)
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Students and staff should not attend school when feeling ill, exhibiting flu like symptoms, fever and/or fever-like symptoms. Individuals must be fever-free for 24 hours without using medication like Tylenol to return to school. Fever indicates that an ill person is in a contagious stage. Please help stop the spread of flu! 

Please contact the campus School Nurse, your medical provider or refer to the web link provided for more information. It is recommended by the CDC that the flu vaccine be given by the end of October to get the most effectiveness. 

http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/flu/index.php#home-family-work

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-brochure-2017.pdf

 

Thank you,

Lorie Miller

Director, Health Services




All medications that need to be administered at school need to be brought in by a parent.  Paperwork needs to be completed.  Medications must be carried to and from school by an ADULT only.  Antibiotics are not given at school unless prescribed for 4 times daily.

 

IT IS OKAY to supply cough drops for your student at school.  They do not need to be checked into the health office.

Students should remain at home when:

*Feverish. Student should remain home until fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours. Any student with a fever of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home.

*Vomiting, until feeling better and no vomiting for 24 hours.

*Diarrhea (loose, watery stool two or more times a day) until diarrhea-free without medicine for 24 hours.

*Conjunctivitis (pink eye)- should remain home until given antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours and no drainage in eye.

It is also a good idea to keep them home if there is a persistent wet cough, even without the presence of fever. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call the Health Office at 480-497-4032.


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