March 21, 2019

Flu season is here (or back?) and our students have taken a hit, despite many having had the flu shot. We have had a spike in the number of children who have been out ill with flu-like symptoms in the District in the past weeks.

Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu, and on average, one in three children in the U.S. is affected by the virus each year. Usually the flu is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Occasionally, people get the flu from touching a germ-infested surface.

What can you do to increase the chances your children will not get sick? Encourage them to wash hands frequently, cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and throw used tissues into the trash, and clean commonly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs.

If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are free from fever for 24 hours without the use of medication such as Tylenol or Motrin.

For more information, contact your health care provider, your School Nurse Laurel Yrun, RN, District School Nurse, or the Marin County Health Department at 415-473-4163.

Absences are decreasing at Bacich, which indicates we are on the healthy upswing, and we hope for a similar trend at Kent in the not too distant future.

Liz Schott