As the flu season continues, please take the necessary precautions, as recommended by the Pender County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
· Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when available.
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow, not into your hands.
· Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
· Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu. Check with your healthcare provider for the H1N1 vaccine.
· Teach your children not to share personal items such as drinks, food, or eating utensils.
Signs and symptoms of any type of Influenza may include fever (100 degrees or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea. For more information on the flu, the Pender County Health Department website (www.pender-county.com), the US Department of Health and Human Services website (www.flu.gov), or refer to page 39 of the Pender County Schools Student Code of Conduct which was sent home at the beginning of the school year. If your child presents with any of the above symptoms, please visit your primary healthcare provider. If you do not have a primary healthcare provider, please visit the Pender County Health Department for immediate services. Please keep the School Nurse informed of any findings.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not advise school closure for suspected or confirmed cases of any type of flu. Please be assured that Pender County Schools are working directly with the Pender County Health Department to ensure that our school community receives accurate and timely information regarding the flu. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your School Nurse or the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1177.