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NEWS FROM THE NURSE

January 12, 2018

 

We are seeing stomach flu, headaches and sore throats.  There have been few kids with high fevers and headaches. There have been a few reports of strep throat.  Remember, you don't have to have white spots or a fever to have strep. Every strain of strep is different. 

There have been a couple times where a child has had to stay in the health room with me because they were to sick to be in the classroom and we were not able to reach parents due to phone not working or voicemails not set up. If you get a new number, please contact the school, or if you need to update or give us emergency numbers, we would really appreciate it.  

 

    

 

Is It a Cold or Flu? Here's How to Tell

Jan. 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

By E J. Mundell, HealthDay Reporter


(HEALTHDAY)


FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018

(HealthDay News) -- With a severe flu season now widespread across 46 states, do symptoms you or a loved one have point to the dreaded illness?

 

Amid the sniffles, coughing and fever, "it's sometimes difficult to determine whether you have the common cold or the flu," said Dr. Boris Khodorkovsky. He's associate chair of emergency medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City.

But it's an important question, he said, because while colds and flu share some symptoms, flu can become severe enough to land you in the hospital.Certain symptoms -- runny nose, congestion, sneezing, minor body aches and fever -- are common to both maladies. But "your alarm should go off when you start experiencing high fever and chills" -- that's most probably the flu, Khodorkovsky said.

 

He said "high fever" is typically thought of in this context as 101 degrees or above, but lower fevers can sometimes occur in otherwise severe flu.

Dr. Len Horovitz, an emergency physician at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, agreed. He added that one thing to watch for is how quickly the illness escalates.

"The common cold can come on slowly -- sore throat, sneezing, cough, fever -- while the flu is rapid in onset," Horovitz said. "The onset of flu is also often "accompanied by severe body aches, weakness and sometimes skin sensitivity," he added.

If it is influenza, the standard advice applies, Khodorkovsky said. "It's important to take fever-reducing medications, stay at home and away from other family members as best possible, rest, and most importantly -- hydrate."

Hydration can be with plain water or with broth, which helps nourish the body, too. That old standby, chicken soup, can work wonders.

"There's research that suggests chicken soup can inhibit mucus production that will help alleviate a runny nose and cough," Khodorkovsky said.

"Sports drinks, preferably diluted with some water, will also replenish vital electrolytes and sugars," he added.

And medicines may help shorten the ordeal, Horovitz said. "The flu can be treated with Tamiflu if started within 48 hours of presentation," he said, while zinc supplements may help ease the common cold.

Of course, not every case of flu ebbs away on its own at home, and this U.S. flu season is already seeing a big spike in hospitalizations.

"If your symptoms persist and escalate, seek medical attention immediately," Khodorkovsky said. "Influenza can lead to respiratory complications like pneumonia, to even something more fatal."

Your best defense against colds and flu? Not getting one in the first place.

Hand washing is key, Khodorkovsky said.

"Flu travels via droplets in the air, but also can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours," he pointed out. "Think of all of the door knobs and handles you grab and hands you shake each day. I recommend washing your hands every one to two hours during this season.

And Horovitz added that this means only touching your face, mouth or other people if you know you've just washed your hands.

"Additionally, it's never too late in the season to get the flu shot," Khodorkovsky said. "It's not a 100 percent guarantee, but [it] will protect you from the deadlier strains of the virus."

More information

There's more on seasonal flu at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Noreen Krisher RN, BSN

Wausaukee School Nurse

krishern@wausaukee.k12.wi.us

715-856-5152  Ext 258

 

 

School Nurse

Noreen Krisher BSN, RN
Email: krishern@wausaukee.k12.wi.us

715-856-5152  Ext. 258

 

Meningococcal Disease Information

According to section 118.07 (3) of the state statutes, the School District of Wausaukee must provide parents/guardians of students enrolled 6-12 in the district with information about meningococcal disease.

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Drug Abuse

Here is a link that describes symptoms of drug abuse and how to recognize drug abuse in teenagers:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/drug-addiction/basics/symptoms/con-20020970

 

Information on the Drug-endangered Child Act: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/dec-info