February 9, 2017
Dear Parents and Staff,
The Dunn County Health Department works with the area schools to help you know about staying healthy.
We want to remind you that very young children and older adults can be more susceptible to illness. Do your part by getting your shots, including your flu shot, to reduce giving someone an illness that is preventable. Flu shots are still available. If you aren’t sure about your/your child’s shot record contact your clinic or the health department. The health department can still give shots to kids with Badgercare and kids and adults with no insurance. If you aren’t sure where you can get a shot for your child, call the health department and we can help you figure that out.
There have been reports of Norovirus (gastrointestinal illness) in the community and influenza. Please note the prevention strategies below.
We always recommend if you/your child are ill, stay home and seek medical advice/schedule an appointment with your regular provider. We want to remind you there are many ways to prevent the spread of illness among students and families:
- Stay home if you are sick with a fever, until the fever is gone for 24 hours and you don’t need medicine to keep the fever down. Call the school and tell them that your child is out with a fever.Treat the symptoms and avoid aspirin.
- If your child has a condition that would put them at higher risk for flu complications (examples: asthma or diabetes) call your physician regarding the use of influenza antiviral medication. Influenza antiviral medication will shorten the duration of the illness and reduce severity of the illness.
- If symptoms worsen, call your health care provider.
- Stay home if you have symptoms of vomiting/diarrhea, until the symptoms are gone for 48 hours. Call school and tell them that your child is out ill.If symptoms worsen, call your health care provider.
- Don’t share drinking cups, bites of food, water bottles, chapstick, etc.
- There are many diseases in addition to pertussis and influenza that are vaccine preventable. Immunize your children to keep them healthy. Get a flu shot for yourself and your child, this keeps other people healthy too. Each member of your family should be up-to-date with their vaccinations.
- Be careful about food preparation so you don’t cause disease.
- Cover your cough with your elbow/sleeve, so you don’t spread germs by touching things with your hands after you have coughed on them.
- Wash your hands-Wash your hands-Wash your hands-Wash your hands. Use hand gel when away from soap and warm water for hand washing.
Wendy MacDougall, RN, MSN, APNP