It’s That Time of the Year Again…
Flu and cold season has arrived. Each year, between five and twenty percent of Americans get the flu. Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and they frequently spread the virus to others.
Is it a Cold or the Flu? Although the symptoms can be very similar, if you have a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough, you probably have a cold. If you have a high fever, severe headache, muscle and body aches, extreme tiredness and dry cough, you probably have the flu. If you think you have the flu, see a doctor within 48 hours. There are antiviral medications that can shorten the duration of the illness and lessen the symptoms. Remember that you can visit the CCSD website for updated information regarding the H1N1 flu at www.cherrycreekschools.org
If your child is sick and has a fever (>100.0), keep him/her at home. If they have a fever, they should stay home for at least 24 hours after they are fever free. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into his elbow area rather than using his/her hand to cover the mouth or nose. If a hand is used to cover the mouth/nose, then you need to immediately wash your hands to prevent spreading the germs.
Here are some tips to avoid getting the flu this year:
Get a flu shot—particularly if you or your child has a chronic medical condition such as asthma or diabetes. Also, it is recommended for all children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years and their caregivers and families. The flu vaccine is
70-90 percent effective in preventing the flu. You need to get one every year, due to frequent mutations of the influenza virus.
Practice healthy habits. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use a paper towel to turn off the water in a public restroom. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Don’t share drinks, eating utensils, or cell phones with friends. Drink plenty of fluids, eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly to boost the immune system. Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces. These include phone receivers, faucets, light switches, remotes, and appliance door
Vision and Hearing Screening
Vision and hearing screenings will be done on January 24th for all 7th graders and any 6th or 8th graders who are new, who need a follow-up, or who missed their last scheduled screening. If you do not want your child screened here at school, you must contact the clinic to opt-out of the state mandated screening. We will be looking for volunteers to help with the vision and hearing screenings on the 24th. Please contact the clinic at 720-886-7766.
Attention Parents of Students with Asthma!
Now that we have entered cold and flu season, it is essential that your student be prepared for an asthma exacerbation should one occur at school. If your child carries an inhaler in school, it is required that a physician’s order, indicating the student is capable of self-administration, be on file in the clinic. Alternatively, an inhaler can be kept in the clinic for emergencies. Please call the clinic for the proper permission forms.
Medication at School
Remember that the only medications that students are allowed to carry in school are cough drops (as long as they don’t share them), and their inhalers, if they have permission to carry them from their doctor. Any other medications that students may need to take during the day need to be kept in the clinic, and they need to be delivered in their original containers.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR STUDENT HOME