Be Aware of Common Flu Symptoms

Be Aware of Common Flu Symptoms
Posted on 02/02/2018
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 Be Aware of Common Flu Symptoms

Below are some of the more common symptoms:

· Fever (usually high)
· Headache
· Tiredness (can be extreme)
· Cough
· Sore throat
· Runny or stuffy nose
· Body aches
· Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)

Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, can have similar symptoms. Influenza A and B can be diagnosed by a nasal swab.
When a child is diagnosed with Influenza A or B by their physician, infection control measures recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) include no contact with the community for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms. The reason for this recommendation is that children can continue to shed the virus for 10 days, adults for only five.

In order to control the spread of Influenza or other flu related illnesses in Hiawatha School District, we are requesting that your child be fever-free without medication before returning to school. If children are not fully ready to return to school they will fade throughout the day, possibly start to run a fever, infect more classmates and be sent home again.

Please call our school nurse if you have questions about when your child should return to school.