Health Updates

Health Updates
Posted on 02/06/2020
Hard to believe that February is already here! Winter can be a hard time of year with the cold weather, the recent lack of sunny days, and the increases in illness. If you find yourself or family member a bit down, try to be more active OUTSIDE, and focus on getting better nutrition and more water! This isn’t a cure all, but it can help! We have had an increase in students roaming around after we have sent them home. Please do not have your student wandering the halls trying to get homework or notifying coaches or athletics of the illness. If we are sending your student home, please email teachers for your student’s work or ask for our help in emailing. We can also notify teachers and coaches from here for you as well. As you may have heard in the news, there have been confirmed cases of the flu in Mesa County. Influenza or “the Flu” is a respiratory illness that is contagious. It is a virus that is spread by droplets when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Signs and symptoms of the flu may include: fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches, runny or stuffy nose, feeling very tired, vomiting or diarrhea (more common in children). A person may be contagious before they know they are sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person may spread the flu virus one day before they begin to have symptoms and up to five to seven days after they become sick. This is why washing hands is so important! Ways to prevent the flu include a yearly flu vaccine, frequent handwashing, staying away from people who are sick, and covering coughs and sneezes. If your child should develop flu-like symptoms, it is important they stay hydrated by drinking fluids and that they are getting plenty of rest. If you should have any questions or concerns, contact their health care provider. During this time, your child should stay home and rest. They should not return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. For information about the flu, contact your child’s primary care provider or go to: www.cdc.gov/flu 
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