Winter Nurse's Notes

It's the most wonderful time of the year... or is it? Cold and flu season is here!! 

It's still not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't gotten one yet and I highly recommend getting one.

Is it flu?- these symptoms usually come on fast and furious: headache, body aches, fatigue, weakness and cough. If you get a fever it can be high (102-104 is not unusual), but don't be fooled- sometines you don't get a fever. You generally feel SICK, like you don't want to move. If you have it diagnosed within the 48 hours of symptoms, you could be prescribed medication to reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Is it a cold? Runny nose, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion are the most common symptoms. You may get a low grade temp. Treat the symptoms. This could linger for a week to 10 days. If the symptoms worsen, contact your medical provider.

What can you do? 

Wash your hands! Frequently!!!! Use soap and friction- this is the best way to prevent transmitting germs!

Cough etiquette is essential. Cough into your elbow and wash your hands!

Drink, drink, drink!!! Fluids are essential to keep the body hydrated and to flush out the germs.

Rest! Your body needs rest in order to heal.

Keep your distance! In the cold months people tend to cluster in small spaces and germs love to spread themselves out to many!

Be smart! Don't rush off the the doctor's office too early- it's not unusual to "catch something" there- all those people waiting to be seen  are sick!

Make sure you follow the illness guidelines- the 24 hour rule for fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. We need to keep our Martin School population as healthy as we can!

Not sure what to do?? Call me ! I'm happy to discuss the best plan for you and your child.

Happy winter!

Joanne MacDonald

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