Doctors and health authorities are warning families that the flu season, which typically runs from October to May, has become an aggressive and widespread battleground against illness this year.
With this in mind, Schalmont Central School District is providing information to parents and community members regarding the flu.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The flu can vary in severity from mild to severe, and may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health and educate your children about these strategies:
If you or your children become ill with influenza-like symptoms,
including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting
or diarrhea, you may want to contact your health care provider
particularly if you are worried about the symptoms. Your health care
provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is
If you or your children are sick, stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading illness to others. As a parent, it's recommended that you have a plan in place to care for your children if they become ill and must stay home. Ill persons should stay home even if they're taking anti-viral medications.
The CDC recommends that people with influenza-like symptoms remain at home for at least 24 hours after there are no more signs of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications). A fever is defined as a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher.
Please contact your health care provider or the health offices in the school district. More information is also available from the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free, accessible and available in different languages from several organizations:
Jefferson Elementary School:
Cheryl Glindmyer, Nurse Donna Wolbert, Nurse
(518) 355-1342, x5036
Schalmont Middle School: Linda Mortensen, Nurse
(518) 355-6255, x2062
Fax: (518) 355-5329
Schalmont High School:
Sandy Van Etten, Nurse
(518) 355-6110, x3041
Fax: (518) 355-7025