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From the Rice Lake Health Office

NEWS FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

With cold & influenza (flu) season upon us, it is important to keep our children healthy! Here is some information about influenza and the common cold, strep throat as well as a few reminders from the health office.


COMMON COLD vs. INFLUENZA

-Influenza and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, but are caused by different viruses. Because these two illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. 

-Common symptoms of the flu include fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. 

-Cold symptoms are usually milder. Often cold symptoms come on gradually and they include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough.

-Influenza can be spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Less often, you might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it. 


If your child has been diagnosed with influenza or has influenza-like illness defined as a fever of 100°F or greater and a cough or sore throat, please report these symptoms to the health office or attendance line when reporting your child absent. 


 


 

STREP THROAT

Sore throats in childhood are common occurrences. Strep throat, on the other hand, is a more serious infection caused by the group A streptococcal bacteria. It is very contagious and can be contracted through coughing, sneezing, or sharing a glass with someone who is already sick. 

Signs & Symptoms of strep throat may include: 

  • Sore throat that can start very quickly; pain when swallowing

  • Fever

  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus

  • Tiny, red spots (petechiae) on the roof of the mouth

  • Other symptoms may include a headache, stomach ache, and nausea or vomiting

If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, they will need to stay home until they are fever-free and have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours. 

 


 

You can help prevent the spread of illness by keeping sick children home from school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without medication). It is important for sick children to get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids! 

 


 

You play an important role in practicing good health habits at home. Here are some simple steps for keeping your child healthy. 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing - preferably into the inside of your elbow or with a tissue

  • Avoid sharing drinks, water bottles, eating utensils and cell phones

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Help prevent the spread of illness at home by disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, toys, and other commonly shared items

 
 

MEDICATIONS

ANY over-the-counter & prescription medications, including temporary prescriptions,
may be administered by the health office only upon written approval
of a doctor and written request by the parent/guardian.
The doctor’s note must include the child’s name, medication, dosage, and when to be given.
Cough drops are considered to be an OTC medication and would require the same conditions. 


 


 

We are in need of boy and girl pants, any and every size, to have in the health office. Sweat pants and leggings work great!
If your child comes home with clothes from the health office, please wash and return them to school as soon as possible.
We do our best to provide alternate clothing, but with low inventory, it’s not always a guarantee.
You may also consider packing an extra outfit in your child’s backpack.