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Fight the Flu: Get the Facts

Flu season is here and there has been an increase in the number of confirmed flu cases throughout the district. Now is a good time to review ways to keep yourself and those around you healthy.

What is the flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is different from a cold. The flu comes on suddenly and can include symptoms such as fever, chills, sore throat, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose, headache, and fatigue. It is spread through droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking. People are contagious 1 day before getting sick until 5-7 days after getting sick.

How can you prevent the flu?

You can help prevent the flu but getting the annual vaccine, cover your cough and sneezes, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, wash hands often with soap and water, and most importantly, stay home if you are sick.

What is OLSD illness policy?

It is important that students or staff do not come to school if they experience a fever (100°F or above), vomiting, diarrhea and/or a persistent cough within the last 24 hours. It is advisable to stay home until you are symptom-free for 24 hours without benefit of any medication.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have the flu, see your healthcare provider for testing, diagnosis, and treatment.

 

Flu Fact Sheet