In January, influenza, strep, mono, gastrointestinal and other illnesses hit hard. All staff continue to work diligently, cleaning and sanitizing surfaces to keep students healthy at school. It is important not to become lax on hand washing and sanitary practices, as influenza is currently widespread throughout Nebraska.
Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) that can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and the worsening of other chronic health conditions. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.
The best way to protect your family from new influenza strains is to get vaccinated each year. Please contact your Primary care provider or the immunization clinic to set up an immunization appointment.
Remember, kids must be fever, diarrhea and vomit free for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
Fresh air, exercise and sunshine also help keep us healthy. Ice skating, skiing and sledding are great ways to get exercise on a cold winter day. Remember, children should be supervised with these activities.
* It is safer to sled feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first.
* Sled on slopes that are not too steep and are free of obstructions like
trees or fences.
* Skate only on approved surfaces.
* Do not chew gum or eat candy.
* Wear a helmet when skiing.
* Never do these activities alone!
HAVE A HEALTHY AND SAFE WINTER!