Important Health Information: Flu Season

January 25, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This letter is to provide some basic information regarding general illness trends within our district and community. We are in the middle of the flu season. Currently, flu activity across the state and Somerset County is high. Illness trends within our district schools have not shown a significant increase.

It is important to be aware of  signs and symptoms of the flu which include fever (temperature above 101), headache, body aches, weakness and feeling extremely tired. If you or your child experience these symptoms you should contact your health care provider at the start of  illness.  He/she may prescribe medication to reduce the severity of symptoms and possibly the length of illness. Symptoms of the flu can last for several days and up to 2 weeks. For more information regarding cold vs. flu, please click here or see the attached fact sheet.

The schools maintain preventative actions to stop the spread of germs. Students and staff are reminded of the following steps to protect their health:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or upper arm) 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 or mouth. Germs spread this way.

Complications from the flu can happen to anyone. It’s not too late to get a vaccine. Many local pharmacies are offering the vaccine, as well as your private physician.

Be sure to call the school absence line when your child is out sick. Please be specific about the reason for the absence. Please identify their illness such as fever or no fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea. Knowing specific symptoms help us track illness trends. As a general reminder, students should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, such as Tylenol or Motrin, before returning to school.

Lorraine Borek, RN MSN MEd
Nursing Supervisor
Hillsborough School District
908-431-6600 EXT. 2173

Cold vs. Flu Fact Sheet