Influenza

Preschool Students MUST RECEIVE THE FLU VACCINE between AUGUST 1st - DECEMBER 31st.

Influenza: 1 dose administered each year between August 1 - December 31. Two (2) doses separated by at least 28 days are required for those children receiving flu vaccine for the first time. State of CT, DPH 2013

State regulation requires preschool students to be vaccinated against the flu by January 1. Parents are asked to provide written documentation of their child’s flu immunization to the school nurse.

Parents are urged to contact their healthcare provider to schedule an appointment. Children receiving the vaccine for the first time need two doses at least 28 days apart to be fully immunized. This written documentation must be provided to the school nurse.

Connecticut Department of Public Health FLU IQ

American Lung Association Flu Vaccine Clinic Locator

State of CT DPH: http://www.ct.gov/dph/site/default.asp

"Preparing for the Flu - Communication Toolkit for Schools (Grades K-12)": http://www.flu.gov/plan/school/schoolflutoolkit.pdf

CDC Cover Your Cough

Because flu outbreaks are a major concern to schools nationwide, NASN flu information, Don't Get Sidelined By The Flu:

Controlling Influenza Among Children

When Sickness Strikes: Know When to Keep a Child Home from School

The Flu: What Parents Need to Know to Keep Healthy

Tips From Your School Nurse For Protecting Yourself From the Flu Virus

Tips From Your School Nurse: Help Keep Your Child Healthy and Flu Free

Flu Season Advisory: Special Advice for Parents of Children with Chronic Diseases

Cold or Flu?

Colds and flu are both highly contagious and, in the initial stages, a bad cold and a mild case of the flu might seem alike. However, flu is a serious illness that can have life-threatening complications, unlike colds. Note this table from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a comparison of symptoms for each illness. See your physician for diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Fever

Rare

Usual, high
(100°F to 102°F); occasionally higher, especially in young children; lasts 3-4 days

Headache

Rare

Common

General Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

Fatigue, Weakness

Sometimes

Usual; can last up to 2-3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Usual; at the beginning of the illness

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort, Cough

Mild to moderate;
hacking cough

Common; can become severe

Treatment

Antihistimines; Decongestant; Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines

Antiviral medicines-see your healthcare provider

Prevention

Wash your hands often with soap and water; Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold

Annual vaccination; antiviral medicines - see your healthcare provider

Complications

Sinus infection; Middle ear infection; Asthma

Bronchitis, pneumonia; can worsen chronic conditions; can be life-threatening. Complications more likely in the elderly, those with chronic conditions, young children, and pregnant women

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, July 2009.


"Henry the Hand" teaches young children about hand washing: http://www.henrythehand.com

For this and more information about influenza visit the CDC web site: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm or http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A Tel: (404) 639-3311 - Flu Public Inquiries: (800) 232-2522/ Español: (800) 232-0233/ TTY: (800) 243-7889

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://flu.gov/

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm335635.htm

This information is provided as a service of the Southington School Health Services. It is NOT meant to take the place of your doctor’s recommendations.

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