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Flu Season is Upon Us

We want to keep our students and staff healthy, even as flu season is upon us. We work in conjunction with the Alameda Department of Public Health to be sure we are doing all we can to prevent the spread of viruses.

Prevention

Here are some preventive measures that everyone can take to help stay healthy:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and often with warm water and soap, especially after using the restroom and prior to eating.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your elbow, when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Illness Protocols

If your child has “flu-like” symptoms, please keep your child home from school. If your child’s symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, it is important that your child does not return to school until at least 24 hours AFTER the symptoms have ended and your child feels better. (It is also recommended that your child not attend any group events such as birthday parties, clubs, sports teams, etc. until at least 48 hours after symptoms have ended.)

Flu Vaccines

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine. The Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common.

Talk to your healthcare provider about getting the vaccine available through their office. Please contact your child's school nurse if you need help in obtaining a healthcare provider and/or insurance for your children.

Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy and flu free!