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Patricia Lords

  Patricia Lords

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With the current concerns about the coronavirus, here are some things that you can do to protect yourself and family.  While there is no reason to panic or overreact, it is wise to remain on alert and exercise caution to prevent this virus from spreading.  

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating/and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 





 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents, 

During the winter months we see more cold and flu symptoms. This season is no different. Influenza- like illness is at a high level of activity right now and is widespread through our communities, state and nation. Here is some information to help you know the difference between cold and flu symptoms, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family. 

Is it a cold or the flu? 

Cold Seasonal Influenza -stuffy nose -Fever (over 102 for 3-4 days) -sneezing -fatigue (lasting up to 2-3 -occasional low-grade fever weeks) -sore throat -headache is frequently present -mild cough -general body aches and pains -can lead to sinus congestion -cough is common (can be and/or earache severe) and can lead to 

bronchitis and pneumonia 

How to Decrease Cold and Flu Symptoms: 

-Get the seasonal flu vaccine. Contact your health care provider or the local health department to schedule an appointment. It is not too late to be vaccinated against the flu. -Frequent and thorough handwashing. -Stay home when you are sick -Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze 

The following links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics provide great information to help you have accurate information regarding protecting your family from influenza. 

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2018.pdf 

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/spanish/flu_guide_parents_flyer_sp.pdf 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/The-Flu.aspx 

If you develop flu like symptoms, please see your health care provider within 48 hours of onset of symptoms. Antiviral drugs can be taken to reduce the symptoms of the flu, and are most effective if taken within 24-48 hours of the onset of symptoms. 

Please contact your health care provider if you have any questions regarding your child’s health. 

Claudia Streuper, MSN, RN School Nurse Supervisor, Weber School District 

5320 Adams Avenue Parkway, Ogden, UT 84405-6913 Phone: 801-476-7823 

This is the time of year when we expect cold and flu symptoms, but there are some things that you can do at home to prevent illness and keep healthy. Here are some tips to remember:

  • GET A FLU VACCINE! This is the best defense against the flu. Getting your flu vaccine not only protects you, but it also protects those in your community and members of your family that are unable to be vaccinated. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year. It is not too late to be vaccinated!

  • WASH, WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS!! This is also one of the best things you can do to protect yourself against illness. Encourage your children to wash before meals, after they use the bathroom, after they play with pets, after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose and after visiting friends and family that are sick. 

  • Get plenty of rest. School age children need 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Adults should get 8 hours of sleep.

  • Drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration and eat nutritious meals. That includes BREAKFAST! Many children experience headaches and stomach aches due to missing breakfast.

  • Dress appropriately for the cold weather. Please help your children choose warm, comfortable clothing each day. Make sure that they are wearing coats. You may also want to include a hat and gloves so that they can stay warm during recess. Even when it is cool, children need fresh air and exercise. 

Even when we do as much as we can to avoid illness, we still, unfortunately, get sick. Here are some tips on when to keep your children at home:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or higher. A child should not return to school until their temperature has been normal for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea. Children need to be vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours from the last time they vomited or had diarrhea.
  • A frequent cough
  • A rash that is accompanied by a fever
  • Ear pain or eye drainage
  • Sore throat with a fever

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school! Have a safe and healthy winter!

 

 
 
 

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