Shoo the Flu

Help our Zervas Community stay healthy by following a few simple steps:

Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.

Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand rubs also are useful.

Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feel very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering. Symptoms of flu can also include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and tiredness. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Please keep your child home if they have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).  Don’t go to class or work. 
When you are calling to tell us your child will not be in school please take a moment to let us know if they are experiencing flu like symptoms.

If you have any questions or concerns please call Ann Garvin our school nurse at 617-559-6755. Thank you and shoo the flu!

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