Seasonal Flu Vaccine (FluMist)
Students soon will have an opportunity to receiveFluMist vaccines at school. Our school has partnered with the MarylandPartnership for Prevention to offer seasonal flu vaccines. The seasonal vaccine, given as a nasal spray,will protect your child from catching seasonal flu. Outbreaks of the flu canlead to increased school absenteeism and lost days of work for parents. The CDC recommends this vaccine for allchildren ages 2 years and older. Lookfor the consent forms which will be sent home with your child in the next fewweeks. Mrs. Johnson MSN, RN is availableto answer any questions you may have- 410.933.9024
1 COMMONSENSE CAN HELP YOU – AND
YOURFRIENDS – AVOID THE FLU
Groupgatherings like football games, school
dances, andeven classrooms are ideal places
for the flubug to spread. Protect yourself and
others byfollowing these simple steps:
• Practice Healthy Habits – Wash your hands
often withsoap and warm water for at least 20
seconds tohelp prevent germs from spreading.
Also, avoidtouching your eyes, nose and
mouth,because the virus can spread when
your handstouch surfaces that are infested with
germs.Finally, if you think you’ve been
exposed tothe flu, talk to your parents about
• Mind Your Manners – Cover your mouth
and nosewith a tissue when coughing and
sneezing,and throw away your used tissues.
• What’s Mine is Mine, What’s Yours is Yours
– Don’tshare drinks, water bottles, eating
utensils orcell phones with friends.
2 IFPOSSIBLE, GET A FLU SHOT
Manychildren are at higher risk for complications
from theflu. Talk to your school nurse and parents
aboutwhether a flu shot is best for you.
3 IS ITCOLD OR FLU? – KNOW HOW TO TELL
• If you have a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat
and ahacking cough, you probably have a
• If you have a high fever, severe headache,
muscle andbody aches, extreme tiredness
and a drycough, you probably have the FLU.
4 WHAT TODO IF THE FLU CATCHES UP
If you doget the flu, you don’t have to suffer:
• Talk to Your Parents About Seeing a Doctor
If you haveflu symptoms, talk to your parents
aboutstaying home from school. Your doctor
may decideto prescribe an antiviral medication,
which canshorten the number of days that
• Talk to Your School Nurse – If you think you
might havethe flu while at school, visit your
schoolnurse. Together, you can discuss your
symptoms.If the nurse thinks you could possibly
have theflu, he/she can notify your parents and
request that you see a doctor.