This is a public health service announcement. High levels of two extremely con…

This is a public health service announcement.

High levels of two extremely contagious viruses are causing high absenteeism in local schools. These two viruses are Norovirus and lnfluenza:

Norovirus is a gastro-intestinal virus that causes sudden onset nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is usually a 'quick hitter' – most symptoms will be gone within 24 to 48 hours.

Influenza is a respiratory virus that is also sudden onset with high fever (greater than 100 degrees F), body aches, cough, and sore throat. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been occasionally reported with the current influenza strain.

lnfluenza is not a 'quick hitting' disease. In fact, it often takes more than a week to regain previous energy levels.

lnfluenza also has a significant rate of complications like pneumonia and bacterial infections that can and do on occasion, lead to death.

You can help prevent the spread of disease by following these simple guidelines when you and/or your child are ill:

STAY HOME WHEN SICK (Please ask the office for short term independent study so once feeling well enough your child is able to stay caught up on class work)

If you have lnfluenza symptoms – do NOT go back to school or work until you fever has been gone for more than 24 hours without anti-fever medication.

If you have Norovirus symptoms – do NOT go back to school or work until 48 hours AFTER the last diarrhea episode.

WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY
DO NOT SHARE FOOD AND DRINKS
USE COUGH ETIQUETTE
Frequently disinfect door handles, faucet handles, toilet handles, telephones and any other surfaces that are frequently touched.

For more information, talk to your family physician. Thank you for your cooperation.