Flu Report – Feb 2

Dear Brown Families,

We are writing for the second time this week to update you about the flu in our school.  Brown Middle School has had a higher than usual number of students absent this week.  Many of the students have influenza-like-illness.

Please read this message and consult the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Flu Symptom Check List mentioned below.

The latest statewide flu report (Jan. 26, Massachusetts Department of Public Health) indicates flu activity is widespread in the state, which is not unexpected for this time of year. However, the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI), is higher than the past two flu seasons. ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide.

The Newton school nurses continue to monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns.

It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. The checklist below can help families determine when to stay home and when to return.

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/xb/flu-symptom-check-list.pdf

 

Flu vaccination for all people age 6 months and older continues to be recommended. It’s not too late get a flu shot. Call 617-796-1420 to make a vaccination appointment with the public health nurse in City Hall.

Newton Health and Human Services Department