Important Reminders About the Flu

Unfortunately, it is flu season! Influenza—also known as the FLU—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold.

In an effort to help keep our students and faculty/staff healthy, our nurses share these important reminders about the flu:

Differences Between the Flu and a Cold:

Signs and Symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom Onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual, lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usual, often severe Slight
Chills Fairly Common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy Nose Sometimes Common
Sore Throat Sometimes Common
Chest Discomfort, Cough Common, severe Mild to moderate
Headache Common Rare

People with the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny/Stuff Nose
  • Muscle Body Aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, but more common in children than adults.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

Common Every Day Preventative Actions to Help Stop the Spread of Germs

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent spread.
  • If you are sick with Flu Like Illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to get medical care.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have been contaminated with germs.

If your students exhibit any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home in an effort to stop the spread of flu. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the health room or consult your physician. If your child is home sick and tests positive for the flu, please inform the Country Day nurses:

Bissell Campus: Wendy Barber,
Cannon Campus: Liz Grasty and Gwen Nix