The Muscogee County School District (MCSD) is taking extra precautions this flu season.
MCSD says they are following recommendations provided by the CDC, which is a three-step approach to fighting the flu. The approach is:
1. Get the flu vaccination
2. If you get sick seek early treatment
3. Practice these steps every day: wash your hands, maintain distance from people who are sick, use a tissue when coughing and sneezing, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to stop the spread of germs, clean and disinfect hard surfaces.
MCSD is asking parents to keep a lookout for any flu-like symptoms, so they can minimize the risk of it spreading.
Jeananne Polhamus, Lead Nurse says, “If your child presents any flu-like symptoms such as a headache and/or stomachache, body aches, or fever, call a doctor. Do not send them to school if you notice your child displaying any flu-like symptoms.”
MCSD says, ” The Health Services division has also worked in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and the Plant Services and Facilities divisions to take extra precautions, which include wiping down surfaces daily with an antibacterial solution, sending all children who present symptoms to on-site clinics, and immediately notifying parents of any reported illnesses. “
According to the CDC peak flu season generally runs from November through March.