Influenza B

Dear Parents,

There have been a couple of cases of influenza B within the school.

Influenza is a disease caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract, and is commonly called “the flu”.

 Symptoms usually appear within 2 to 4 days after being infected and include:

 ● Fever (usually 100.5 F to 103.5 F in adults and often even higher in children)

● Cough

● Sore throat

● Runny or stuffy nose

● Headache and muscle aches

● Extreme fatigue Colds and influenza are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.

 A child who has a fever should remain at home until they are “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours without any fever reducing medications.

 If your child is having any of these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.

 Prevention of the flu can occur by receiving the flu vaccine yearly from your healthcare provider. In addition, teach your children good hygiene habits such as washing hands frequently, covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

If you have any additional questions, please contact your healthcare provider.

 Sincerely,

 The Dearborn School Nurses

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