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It's Flu Season; School Nurses Ask That You Take Precautions
  Dear Parent or Guardian:
  This letter is to inform you that we have had some confirmed flu cases at Greene Central School. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:
  Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever-greater than 100°F and your child should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever. This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
  To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Using a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  Colds and influenza are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should
remain at home until they are “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours. Often when a child awakens
with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an
hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to
participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize
the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
  It is recommended everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. You need
this season’s influenza vaccine to protect against the influenza viruses most likely to circulate and cause
illness this season.
  Thank you in advance for helping to keep this school year as healthy as possible.  Stay safe and stay healthy.
                                                                                                   Sincerely,
                                                                                                   Pam Bailey, RN – 
                                                                                                   Primary School &
                                                                                                   Intermediate School
                                                                                                   Lisa Craver, LPN – 
                                                                                                   Middle School &
                                                                                                   High School
  *Attached is a guide for parents from the NYS Dept. of Health

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NYS DOH Flu Guide For Parents
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40 South Canal Street | Greene, New York 13778 | Phone 607.656.4161 | Fax 607.656.9362
40 South Canal Street    |    Greene, New York 13778    |    Phone 607.656.4161    |    Fax 607.656.9362
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