Students in 4th grade, please be reminded that your applications for PNN and Safety Patrol are due to the office by 2:00pm on Monday, May 21st. Please make sure that your parent has signed the application. PNN & Safety Patrol Application
Some cases of influenza (flu) have been reported from your child’s school. Flu is different from the common cold. It can cause fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and vomiting. Flu can be very serious and may even cause death in some people with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women, or elderly persons.
How to prevent the flu? Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Take 3 Actions” 1. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. DHEC strongly recommends all South Carolina residents older than 6 months old get the flu vaccine as soon as possible to prevent the flu, unless they have a medical reason not to be vaccinated. 2. Take everyday preventive actions. Avoid close contact with ill persons. Keep child home if they have a fever (100ºF or higher), until the fever has resolved without the use of medicines for a duration of 24 hours. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Frequently, wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. Clean and disinfect surfaces high touch areas frequently. 3. Take influenza antiviral medicines, if prescribed.
In the US every day, an estimated 55 million students and 7 million staff attend over 130,000 public and private schools. Implementing the CDC “Take 3 Actions” would aid in preventing influenza infection among one-fifth of the total US population (CDC, 2016).
According to a recently published CDC study, flu vaccination reduced the risk of a flu-associated death by 65% among healthy children and 51% among children with high-risk medical conditions (CDC, 2017).
Resources More information is available at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DHEC websites: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ http://www.dhec.sc.gov/flu/