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Dear Parents and Guardians
Influenza (flu) activity is widespread across the United States.
Influenza causes a great deal of illness and many deaths every year, and can result in missed days of school and missed days of work. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), it is likely that the flu will peak in Massachusetts within the next few weeks. Because the flu can be easily spread from person to person, we are asking your assistance to help reduce the spread of it.
It is important that you keep your child home from school when sick. The main symptoms of influenza include fever in combination with a cough and/or sore throat. Some people may also have body aches, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, and a runny nose. A child should be fever free, without the assistance of medication, for 24 hours before returning to school. A child should be free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child returns too early they will still be contagious and spread their illness to other students and staff. Please contact your child’s health care provider if any symptoms persist.
Please encourage your child to wash their hands frequently, to keep their hands out of their mouths and not to share drinks or food with their friends. I have attached a resource from the CDC which I encourage you to read for more information on the prevention and control of influenza. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child.
Kathy Puzas RN, BSN
King Philip Regional High School
Where can I find more information about influenza?