Flu season at St. Mary School

Dear Parents,

Like in many schools, we have had many students of various grade levels diagnosed with the flu, living in households where the flu has been present, or presenting the symptoms of the flu.

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • fever, usually high, (100 degrees to 102 degrees Fahrenheit), may be higher in children and usually lasts 3-4 days
  • headache
  • body aches and pains, often severe
  • fatigue, weakness, can last up to 2-3 weeks
  • stuffy nose sometimes
  • sneezing sometimes
  • sore throat sometimes
  • chest discomfort, cough: common, can become severe

Possible complications from the flu include: bronchitis, pneumonia and the worsening of chronic conditions. Complications can be worse, or even life threatening, for those with chronic conditions, those  immunocompromised, and among very young children, pregnant women and the elderly. 

Treatment: prescription anti-viral med, "Tamiflu" (for this you will need to see a Doctor or qualified medical professional)   However, getting the flu vaccine is your best defense.  

In addition:

  • wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing
  • avoid sharing objects
  • get plenty of rest
  • eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise
  • stay hydrated
  • cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze with a tissue (cough and sneeze into your elbow).
  • avoid crowds

Bottom line for your/our children: 

  • If your child is experiencing symptoms and think there is the possibility he/she might have the flu -- keep him/her home and contact your Doctor or other qualified medical professional.
  • If your child has a temperature, is vomiting or has diarrhea, they must remain out of school for 24 hours after those symptoms clear.
  • If you have seen a doctor and/or medical professional, follow his/her directives as to when he/she can come back to school. 

We thank you for your cooperation and concern for your child and all the children of our school.

Mr. Frank Lacerenza, Principal  

Nurse Elizabeth Melvin

Grace Joseph