Dear Parent/Guardian and Staff:
As you probably know, there has been widespread influenza activity across our state of Virginia, as well as most of the United States. We are starting to see a few cases of confirmed Flu B activity or ILI (influenza-like illness) in the schools - among staff or students.
Alleghany County Public Schools (ACPS) is dedicated to promoting a healthy environment for its students and staff. Therefore, we are following guidelines as established by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding influenza.
Special tips to remember:
∑ It is not too late to vaccinate (you are still encouraged to get the flu vaccine)
∑ Practice good hygiene - wash your hands
∑ Stay home from work or school if you think you are sick with the flu
∑ If you are sick with the flu contact your health care provider early during your illness because †††††
Early treatment can impact the course of the disease
The local health department has plenty of flu vaccine available. They accept walk-ins (no appointment needed) every Friday 8:30-4:00. If Fridays donít work for you, you may call 962-2173 for an appointment.
Influenza Symptoms of flu can have a sudden onset
∑ Fever* or feeling feverish/having chills
∑ Sore throat
∑ Runny or stuffy nose
∑ Muscle or body aches
∑ Fatigue (feeling very tired)
∑ Some children may have vomiting and diarrhea
For more information:
You may contact your childís health care provider or school nurse if you have questions or need assistance.
Donna Harris RN
ACPS Lead RN