Influenza Prevention

December 5, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please be aware that we have had reports of confirmed Influenza A cases these past few days in our school community.

Influenza symptoms include a sudden onset of high fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, and body aches. Influenza symptoms are similar to a common cold only more severe. Be sure to contact your physician if your child has a prolonged fever or respiratory illness. Influenza can cause pneumonia which requires medical care and follow-up.

Important steps in preventing influenza are:

  • have the influenza vaccine
  • careful and frequent hand washing
  • cover your cough
  • keep your children home if they are ill
  • avoid touching your face

It is not too late to have a flu vaccine! If a child is running a temperature in the morning they need to stay home from school. Students need to be fever free without the use of a fever reducing medication for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Influenza is most contagious during the time a child is running a fever. If a child receives Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) in the morning, it does not reduce the contagiousness of the illness.

Students who are ill should stay home for their own health as well as for the health of others.

Thank you for your efforts to minimize the spread of influenza.

If you have any questions, please call:

Kari Peterson, R.N. at 507 934 2754, ext. 3054- South Elementary

Mary Powers, R.N. at 934-3260, ext. 4008- North Elementary

Rachel Fitch, R.N. at 934-4210, ext. 5093- Middle School and High School

Click here for: Influenza Symptom Screening Tool for Parents and Caregivers

Click here for: Influenza (Flu) Information for Parents