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Flu Season

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Flu Season:

There has been an increase of flu cases in the United States this season, and the Charleston County School District is continuing to take steps to educate our community and to follow the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) guidelines and the Center for Disease Control's(CDC) guidelines. 

We want to remind staff and students that the most important measure they can take to stop the spread of disease is through careful hand washing and cough and sneezing etiquette. Other important infection control measures to take in your school include making sure there is adequate soap and water available for hand washing and regular environmental cleanings.  We want to remind parents to not send children to school with a fever until they have remained fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours. 

Parents, if a student is experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and body aches, please see a physician.
 It is not too late to get a flu vaccine. Even if it is not complete protection from all strains of virus, symptoms and duration have been noted to decrease in those who have received a flu shot.

Nursing Services will continue to monitor updated information about the influenza virus and other infectious diseases, and will share information among CCSD nurses and school communities. School Nurses will continue to provide disease surveillance, referrals to healthcare providers and reports to DHEC and the CDC as deemed appropriate.

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Important Flu Facts

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

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

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. 

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.
Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

For more detailed information from CCSD Nursing Services including our page on "Important Flu Facts," visit  Important Flu Facts