Flu Resources for Families
Cold and flu season is upon us. As you’re likely aware, this year’s flu can be severe – especially for those with compromised immune systems. Although we are not currently seeing an abnormal spike in absenteeism, this is an opportunity to provide information and resources to help keep our families and staff healthy this winter.
As a precaution, our custodial staff is taking extra care to disinfect surfaces, handles, doorknobs, drinking fountains and other common spaces throughout our buildings and classrooms.
Allegheny County Health Department offers the following suggestions to help prevent the flu:
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Avoid people who are sick. Stay home from work and school when you’re sick.
- Keep your distance from others when you’re sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw it away immediately. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth after touching any objects or surfaces that might be contaminated
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with the flu may be able to infect others from one day before getting sick to up to five to seven days after. For the safety of everyone, children should be kept home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
Additional flu Information from our health partners: