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
Influenza Symptoms of flu can have a sudden onset

 

         Fever* or feeling feverish/having chills

         Cough

         Sore throat

         Runny or stuffy nose

         Muscle or body aches

         Headache

         Fatigue (feeling very tired)

         Some children may have vomiting and diarrhea

 

For more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/epidemiology-fact-sheets/influenza/

www.alleghany.k12.va.us

 

You may contact your childís health care provider or school nurse if you have questions or need assistance.

 

Sincerely,

 

Donna Harris RN

ACPS Lead RN