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Please be aware. The School Health Centre has noticed an increase in confirmed Influenza cases over the last few weeks.
What is influenza (also called flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.
Signs and symptoms of flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
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. You may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
Preventing seasonal flu: Get vaccinated
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. Flu vaccine is usually available from September. Flu vaccine takes 2 weeks to become effective. For more information you can go to:
Additional ways to keep yourself and your family healthy during flu season.
- Wash hands often: Use soap and water or hand sanitizer
- Stay home if you don’t feel well: keep germs from spreading
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth: germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs: this is particularly important when someone is sick.
Influenza (Flu). (2018, January 19). Retrieved January 23, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Please remember all students with a temperature of 38 or higher, should remain at home until they have been fever free/ without fever reducing medication for 24 hours.