As you all know, it is flu season. The number of reported cases of the flu/influenza is rising
quickly. This letter is to inform you that there have been some confirmed flu/influenza cases in
the district and that your child(ren) may have been exposed.
The flu is very contagious and can spread from person to person by breathing in the droplets in a
cough, sneeze or runny nose that contain the flu virus. People with the flu may be able to infect
others by shedding virus from one day before getting sick to five to seven days after symptoms
Signs and Symptoms of the flu may include: High fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose,
body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and shortness of breath.
If you suspect you or a family member is sick, contact your doctor for further evaluation as soon
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for everyone 6 months and
• Hand washing with soap and water, especially before meals; alcohol based hand sanitizers will
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw tissue in trash and
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way;
• Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs, including
bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters and toys for children. Use household disinfectants according to
When can my child return to school after having the flu or any viral illness? Keep your child home
for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone and 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting
The flu can be treated with antiviral drugs. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen may be taken to
reduce fever and increase comfort. Decongestants and cough medicines may also be used. Avoid
products containing Aspirin due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome. People with the flu need plenty of
rest and fluids.
Your child’s medical information is kept confidential, so please call the Health Office if your
child has been diagnosed with the flu/influenza. Contact the health office with any questions.
Amy Shotts RN BSN
District Nurse, East Knox Local Schools
740-599-7000 ext. 1011