School Nurse

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Barb Ratliff
bratliff@bedford.k12.va.us
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BEWARE OF FLU SEASON!


 

INFLUENZA (THE FLU)

 

Influenza, "the flu" is a viral illness.  The two main types of the flu are types A and B.  Some symptoms include but are not limited to high fever, chills, headache, congestion, body aches, sore throat and a dry cough.  Some people may have nausea and vomiting from coughing so much.  The flu normally lasts for a week.

The flu is spread through direct contact with an ill person.  If your child has symptoms of the flu please consult their physician and keep them home from school especially if they have a fever.  There are medications that can lessen the severity and length of the flu if started soon enough.

To assist with protecting your child from the flu it is best to have them vaccinated. Please contact your doctor or school nurse for more information about the flu vaccine.

Also please always practice the following important measures to prevent the spread of any disease or infection.

Hand washing

  • Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Hands should be washed before eating and after playing with pets, using the bathroom, sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, touching an open sore, playing outside and any other time they become soiled.
  • To wash your hands correctly use warm running water to wet hands, scrub with liquid soap all over hands for 20 seconds, rinse well making sure all soap is gone, dry hands completely with a paper towel, use the paper towel to turn off water.

Coughing

  • Be sure to cover all coughs and sneezes with your inner elbow


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