Beware: Flu Season Lingers, Nurse Lisa Offers Advice 
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Just like the nagging winter weather that seems unwilling to leave us for spring, flu season lingers. The Erie County Health Department this week issued an update that state health officials have noted a shift in the dominant strain of influenza.

The new dominant strain – H3N2 – packs a more severe punch to anyone unlucky enough to get it, says Perkins High School Nurse Lisa Miller. Common symptoms are a cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, headache, body aches and pains, fever, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting.

“Compared to last year, we have actually seen a healthier winter overall,” Nurse Lisa said. As a school district and community, “we want to keep ahead of it so we don’t see a late-season spike.”

Nurse Lisa asked that Perkins teachers, staff, and students, as well as our families, be proactive in preventing the spread of the flu. Remember to wash hands, cover mouths and noses when sneezing, and clean surfaces that touch hands a lot, including doorknobs and phones.

Children and staff who have been diagnosed with influenza, have a fever of 100 degrees or more, or are vomiting must be out of school until symptom-free without using a reducing medicine for 24 hours. This includes acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin).

If parents, staff, or students have questions, they should contact one of the district’s school nurses – Heather Zess, Melissa Koch or Lisa Miller.

See the flyer below from the Erie County Health Department for information about the flu.

ECHD Flu Facts

Posted by j_stacklin On 07 March, 2019 at 10:32 AM