News from the Health Office!

Flu season is upon us! We are beginning to see a few cases of influenza in Mahtomedi Public Schools as well as the surrounding communities. Symptoms of influenza can come on quickly and include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, extreme fatigue, and body aches. Influenza is an upper respiratory infection and does not involve vomiting or diarrhea. The best way to prevent influenza is with an annual flu shot. Please consider a flu shot for you and your children; it is not too late!!

Common practices to stop the spread of illness: (All year long!)


• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze OR cough or sneeze into your sleeve
• Clean your hands often with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer
• Do not share drinking cups and straws
• Clean commonly touched surfaces often (such as door knobs, refrigerator handles, phones, water faucets) often

How is the flu different from a cold?

A cold generally stays up in the head while the flu brings body aches, fever, and extreme fatigue. A person with a cold will usually keep up his or her normal activities, while someone with the flu will often feel too sick to do so.

We Need Your Help!

When calling a school to report your student’s absence, please describe the symptoms of the illness and report any confirmed diagnoses (influenza, strep throat, etc). To further prevent the spread of illness, keep your child home from school/sports/activities if he or she has a fever greater than 100 degrees, vomiting, diarrhea in the last 24 hours, pink eye and/or any unexplained rash.

For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on influenza and the vaccine please visit:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/basics/flufacts.html#symptoms
 
Thanks again for your help keeping our students and your families healthy!

Mahtomedi Health Office Staff