Flu season is coming…

September 25, 2018

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Students should consider getting flu shots this October since 180 children died last year.

As flu season approaches many people start to get sick. The flu can be spread by, airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes), skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs), saliva (kissing or shared drinks), and touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob).Some symptoms of the flu are fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.

There are two ways in order to get the flu vaccination. One way is the shot which is the most effective way. The second way is live attenuated vaccine which can be sprayed into the nose. The policy statement, published in the October issue of Pediatrics, “The inactivated influenza vaccine, which is given as a shot, is best. and the live attenuated vaccine has been ineffective in previous years, and the academy is recommending against its use except in cases in which the child refuses the shot.” Those is middle school and high school should be able to get the Flu shot. It is also said, “It is especially important to vaccinate children with medical conditions that increase the risk of complications from the flu, including asthma, diabetes and sickle cell disease.”

School Nurse Mrs. Gould has taken the flu seriously and has recently sent out an email about the Flu. She has stated, “Consider keeping your child at home if he or she has any of the following symptoms: Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough, Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep), Headache, Mild stomach ache. Definitely keep your child at home if he or she has any of these symptoms: Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth), Vomiting (even once), Diarrhea, Chills, General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches,  Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough, Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose.” In conclusion students of all ages should consider getting a Flu shot this year to prevent getting the Flu.

 

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