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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

seeing adoctor.

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

THEDIFFERENCE

If you have a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat

and ahacking cough, you probably have a

COLD.

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

WITH YOU

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

you’resick.

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.


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