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From Nurse LaShanda: Tips for Navigating Cold and Flu Season

From Nurse LaShanda: Tips for Navigating Cold and Flu Season
Christina Coffman

Like clockwork, every year after winter break, we see a rise in illnesses among our students. Please monitor your children for symptoms and keep them home if showing signs of the flu or other contagious viruses. If we feel it is best for a child to go home during the school day, please make sure your cell phone number is updated in PULSE and there is an emergency contact we can call if the primary parents are not available.

Here are some helpful tips from Nurse LaShanda for navigating cold and flu season:

What are the symptoms of the flu?

  • A fever of 100.4 F or higher
  • Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms, and legs
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue and weakness.

The time from when a person is exposed and infected with flu to when symptoms begin is about two days but can range from about one to four days.

Most symptoms go away in 4 to 7 days. The cough and tired feeling may last for weeks. Sometimes, the fever comes back. Some people may not feel like eating.

The tips and resources below will help you learn about actions you can take to protect yourself and others from the flu and help stop the spread of germs.

  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose
  • Clean your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Practice other good health habits

How do you avoid the flu when your relative has it?

Avoid being face-to-face with the sick person. If possible, it is best to spend the least amount of time in close contact with a sick person. Wash your hands often and the right way.

Remedies for the flu:

The best remedies for the flu include getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and taking over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms like fever and congestion. Additionally, you can consider:

  • Drinkwarm fluids like herbal tea, broth, or hot water with honey and lemon
  • Gargle with warm salt water to soothe a sore throat
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air, which can ease congestion
  • Take antiviral medications if prescribed by a healthcare professional, especially if you have severe symptoms