Flu activity has recently reached a widespread level in the state of Kentucky. It is not too late to protect yourself against the flu.
Important Recommendations for Parents, Students and School Staff
- Hand washing is the key. Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 15-20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- If you cough or sneeze and do not have access to a tissue, use your elbow instead of your hand.
- Sick students and staff will be sent home. If they have flu symptoms, they need to be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school, according to CDC recommendations.
- Frequently clean surfaces and items that people are likely to have contact with, such as desks, door knobs, keyboards, or pens with cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas.
- Move sick students, teachers and staff to a separate room if they become sick until they can be sent home.
- Sick students and staff are encouraged to seek early medical evaluation.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Flu symptoms include:
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- A cough and/or sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
When should I seek emergency medical attention?
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.