Unfortunately, many of our students have been battling illness this week. Due to the high amount of student absences, it will be in the best interest of the students to postpone the 3rd-grade music program. The new date is Wednesday, December 20. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope you understand our main concern is the health and safety of our students.
Please continue to read to learn more about how the flu is spread and what preventive actions you can take.
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. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.
What are everyday preventive actions? Please review these with your child.
•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. Exceptions to leaving home are to get medical care or for other necessities.
• 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 you use it.
• 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.
This information is from the Center for Disease Control and brought to you by the MISD School Health Advisory Council, the MISD Student Health Department, and Annette Perry Elementary.
Let's get healthy!