School Nurse: Elizabeth Strickland CLINIC HOURS MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30am to 2:30pm Telephone: 770-222-3746 Ext. 231
Facts About Influenza (flu)
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Signs and Symptoms of Flu: People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually: fever* or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, some people may have vomiting and diarrhea (though this is more common in young children than in adults).*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever. How Flu Spreads Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Period of Contagiousness You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time. Onset of Symptoms The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus and infected to when symptoms begin is about 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.
The Powder Springs Elementary School Clinic provides limited basic care to children who are sick or injured. We also assist in administering appropriate medications, and treatments. We do not make diagnoses, as there are no licensed physicians on staff. The care is provided according to Cobb County guidelines.
It is often difficult to decide if a child is too sick for school. Please use the guidelines below to prevent the spread of contagious diseases and to promote good student health. Remember, a sick child cannot learn.