Important information about the flu

Important information about the flu
Posted on 02/01/2018
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KCS is proud to partner with the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) to keep our students and staff healthy. During this flu season, our partnership with CHA is especially valuable.

Our partners at CHA tell us that our school nurses are seeing student and staff absences caused not only by the flu but also stomach viruses, strep throat, bronchitis, and flu-like illnesses that are not the flu. As a result, they have passed along tips to follow to help keep everyone healthy:

  • The single most effective way to stay healthy is to wash hands often with soap and water. All our schools are being diligent with cleaning commonly touched surfaces such as doors and desktops where germs can linger, but it is still important to wash hands often at school and at home.

  • Students and staff should not return to school until they have gone at least 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea and have been fever free without medicine.

Additional Information:

Stay home if you or your child is sick until at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). Keeping sick students at home means that they keep their viruses to themselves rather than sharing them with others. Stay home even if taking antiviral medicines.

Do not return to school until fever free (100 degrees F or higher is considered “a fever”) for at least 24 hours after taking fever -reducing medications (ex. Tylenol/Motrin).

Cover coughs and sneezes. Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often and especially after coughing or sneezing.

Keep sick household members in a separate room (a sick room) in the house as much as possible to limit contact with household members who are not sick. Consider designating a single person as the main caregiver for the sick person.

Monitor the health of the sick child and any other household members by checking for fever and other symptoms of flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius). If you are not able to measure a temperature, the sick person might have a fever if he or she feels warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.

Watch for emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention. These warning signs include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not urinating or no tears when crying
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Check with your doctor about any special care needed for household members who may be at higher risk for complications from flu. This includes children under the age of 5 years, pregnant women, people of any age who have chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people age 65 years and older.

Have the sick household member wear a facemask – if available and tolerable – when sharing common spaces with other household members to help prevent spreading the virus to others. This is especially important if other household members are at high risk for complications from flu.

Ask your doctor about antiviral medicines or fever-reducing medicines for sick household members. Do not give aspirin to children or teenagers; it can cause a rare but serious illness called Reye’s syndrome

Make sure sick household members get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from being dehydrated.


Thank you for your help in reducing the spread of flu illnesses in the school setting and the community.


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