What is influenza (also called flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Signs and Symptoms of Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Fatigue (very tired)
*Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. 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, eyes or possibly their nose.
Period of Contagiousness
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. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop the Spread of Germs
Carroll ISD Exclusion Policy
Remember to keep your child at home if they are ill with fever of 100 degrees or greater. School policy states a child should be excluded from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the assistance of fever reducing medicine. If your child is sent home with fever, you must wait the required 24 hours before re-admittance. Signs and symptoms of illness or medications may also prohibit a student from attending school comfortably and efficiently. It is our goal to create a safe, healthy environment for each of our students.
Carroll ISD is tracking the flu cases in our district. If your child has tested positive for flu, please let your campus know about the diagnosis when you call in the absence. We are only tracking confirmed cases from a health care provider. Your school nurse is available if you have any questions or concerns regarding your family’s health.