Symptoms of the Flu are:
- Fever (100º F or greater)(although not everyone with flu will have a fever)
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- May have diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children than adults)
If your child appears ill, please keep him or her at home until free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin.
Some people do develop complications, which can be life-threatening. Speak with your physician early if you are worried about your child's illness.
Please be aware that according to the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation
, research has shown an associated "link between Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin and other salicylate containing medications" and products. Do NOT use aspirin or aspirin-containing medications
to treat the symptoms of influenza-like illnesses, flu, viruses, chicken pox, or colds.
For more information about the Flu, including how to protect yourself and what to do if your child seems very sick - see the attachment below "The Flu: A Guide For Parents
" courtesy of the CDC, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Flu shots are available through your healthcare provider, area clinics, pharmacies, and local health departments. Free flu shots are available to qualifying children age 6 months to 18 years through the Care Van of North Texas
. Additional information on seasonal flu is available on the website of the Center for Disease Control
If your child is home from school with the flu or flu-like symptoms, please notify the attendance office that your child is home with flu or flu-like illness. This will assist the District and Denton County Health Department in monitoring the spread of the flu. LISD is participating in the Denton County Health Department flu surveillance program.
) is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.