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    Just a note from your School Nurses 
     
    It's that time again for Flu season. Here is some information that may help you.
     
     What is Influenza (also called flu)?
     The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
     
     Signs and Symptoms of Flu
     
     People wh have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
    • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or styffy nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue (very tired) 
    How Flu Spreads
     
    Most experts believe that  flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.
     
     Period of Contagiousness
     
     You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.  Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.  Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune symptoms, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
     
    Please make sure you wash your hands often, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. this will help decrease the airborne effect of spreading the virus.   
     
     As always, If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's health please feel free to contact your School Nurse. Our contact information is  listed below. Have a safe, Healthy and Happy New Year.
     
     
     
     

     

      

    Contact Information
     
    Paula Frisch, BS, RN, CSN
    School Nurse, WE High School
    West Greenbrook Road
    North Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
    Phone: (973) 228-1200, ext. 1240
    Fax: (973) 228-5726
    Denise Logan, RN, M.Ed., CSN
    School Nurse, WE Middle School
    West Greenbrook Road
    North Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
    Phone: (973) 228-1200, ext. 3340
    Fax: (973) 228-8512