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Health & Safety

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cold and Flu-like symptoms on Campus

The Health Office would like to inform you that we are continuing to see cold and flu-like symptoms in the community.  These illnesses are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs. The viruses are highly contagious spread from one person to another by coughing, sneezing, or even talking. It can also be spread by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching your nose or mouth.

How can you protect yourself and others?

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, check with your health provider to get medical care

Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Fever

Sometimes, usually mild

Usual; higher (100-102 F, occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days

Headache

Occasionally

Common

General Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

Fatigue,Weakness

Sometimes

Usual; can last 2 to 3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Usual; at the beginning of the illness

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Usual

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort, Cough

Mild to moderate; hacking cough

Common; can become severe

ICS Health Office Policies and Procedures

When a student becomes ill at school with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and or vomiting, the student will be sent home after contacting parents. The student should stay home and he or she can come back to ICS after 24 hours of being free from the cold or flu symptoms such as fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius, measured by mouth) chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance or sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. All medications prescribed by a doctor will need to be given to the Health Office for administration by a nurse while the student is at school. Call the respective school office to inform that the student is ill at home.