For immediate release from the Arizona Department of Health Services January 5, 2018, regarding WIDESPREAD FLU cases Click here for news from the Arizona State Health Department
Widespread influenza (flu) activity has been reported in Arizona. Below is information from the Centers for Disease Control regarding flu transmission, contagiousness, and preventative measures.
People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with the virus cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.
Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. (This includes staying home from work and school and not going out to public places such as libraries, movie theaters, stores, banks, restaurants…).
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Other important notes:
A reminder to kindergarten parents to please keep a complete change of uniform clothes (including underwear and socks) in your child’s backpack. Periodically assess the clothes to make sure they will still fit your growing child or are appropriate for the season. The health office has received very few donations of underwear and socks so parents will be called to the school, if needed, to supply a change of clothes for their child. Thank you for your cooperation.
Many parent/guardian phone numbers in Infinite Campus are no longer valid, voicemails are not set up or phone calls are not being returned in a timely manner. This can be frustrating especially in an urgent situation. Please update any new phone numbers with the front office. Your cooperation is appreciated. If you have any questions, please call the front office at (480)224-2700 for information.The health office is in need of new underwear and sock donations- especially boys and girls sizes small and mediums. Any donation is appreciated.Reminder to students that will be in 6th grade for the 2018/2019 school year- if your child is 11 years old by July 23, 2018, they will need proof of a Tdap and Meningococcal immunization in order to attend school. Sixth-grade students that are 10 years old will need proof of the immunizations within 10 days after turning 11 years old. (Please note that the Meningococcal vaccine formula cannot be administered until your child is 11 years old). Click here for the immunization policyHead lice in school-aged children is a continuous concern. One must assume that lice are always present in the community and school. It is recommended that parents screen their child for head lice on a weekly basis in a well-lit room. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a great website with illustrations and information to help assist in identifying lice. Click here for the CDC link for head lice Also visit the health office link for head lice information- Click here for CUSD Health Office Lice LinkPlease call the health office for any questions or concerns.Maureen Briggs, HA(480)224-2702Fax (480)224-9646