Sandra Young, R.N., a member of the nursing staff at Corona del Sol High School, provides the following information offering tips on staying healthy during flu season:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you get sick, the Center for Disease Control recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. The first few days are when the virus is most contagious. If you think you or your child may be sick, call contact your health care provider.
Kyrene school officials add these reminders:
In the Kyrene School District, any child who exhibits flu-like symptoms (a high fever, nausea/vomiting, coughing, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue) will be isolated and the parent or guardian will be called to pick up their child from school.