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Wednesday
Jan242018

Flu Season

Dimmick Grade School is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all students and staff.   In recent weeks, we have begun to see the number of cases on the rise.  With that in mind, we want to provide the following information to assist in minimizing the risk of exposure in an effort to reduce the spread of the flu and other communicable diseases.

 

How does the flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.  Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too.  People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.

 

What Can You Do?

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.  If you do not have a tissue cough or sneeze into your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

 

At School

During flu season, efforts at school are stepped up to minimize exposer as well.  Teachers remind the students of proper procedures and guidelines and we are diligent in our efforts to sanitize common contact surfaces such as desks, handles, keyboards, toilets, sinks, faucets etc.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FLU SEASON

Dimmick Grade School is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all students and staff.   In recent weeks, we have begun to see the number of cases on the rise.  With that in mind, we want to provide the following information to assist in minimizing the risk of exposure in an effort to reduce the spread of the flu and other communicable diseases.

 

How does the flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.  Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too.  People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.

 

What Can You Do?

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.  If you do not have a tissue cough or sneeze into your arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

 

At School

During flu season, efforts at school are stepped up to minimize exposer as well.  Teachers remind the students of proper procedures and guidelines and we are diligent in our efforts to sanitize common contact surfaces such as desks, handles, keyboards, toilets, sinks, faucets etc.

 

Additional information can be found at www.flu.gov.  We hope you and your family stay healthy through this flu season.