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Message From The School Nurse
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Friday, January 05, 2018

Flu is in the air.  Please see below for symptoms and information from the school nurse.  

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?

Symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

If your child has a fever (>100.0) and a headache with any of the above symptoms, please do not send your child to school.  If your child is confirmed to have the flu (by a physician), please call or email the school nurse.  

The best preventative is good hand washing and keeping your personal space.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  

Nurse Epperson

205-439-2138

nepperson@hoover.k12.al.us

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