Massachusetts is one of 11 states with a recent flu outbreak and while we haven’t seen any outbreaks of concern here in Cambridge, its always good to have a little reminder about flu season in general.
Flu shots protect against most, but not all types of flu. Children with fever and cough need to stay home from school and have an adult take care of them. If you have any concerns about your child’s health, please call your health care provider.
Call your provider if you or your child has any of the following:
- High or prolonged fever temperature of 101 or greater
- Note if feeling unwell after treatment for fever
- Note if illness improves, then fever and cough returns
- Fast breathing, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Unable to drink or keep fluids down
- Unusually drowsiness or sleeps for long periods
- Change in mood or awareness
- Note if irritable or confused
- Chest pain or pressure
- Still not feeling better after three to five days
- Changes in skin color
- Anything that seems unusual to you
Flu prevention begins at home. Washing hands frequently, covering coughs or sneezes with an elbow, and staying at home when sick are all important in preventing the spread of illness.
Eating fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting a good night’s sleep (at least 8 hours) will help you and your family stay healthy.
If you have any questions, feel free to call your school nurse. You can also find information http://www.cambridgepublichealth.org or by calling 617.665.3800
This info was provided by our CPS school nurses.