HEALTH ALERT – INFLUENZA (20/8/15)
Many DECD sites are currently reporting high rates of absence due to influenza. HCEPS advises the school community that there have been confirmed cases in our school and several more students have been absent with flu like symptoms.
- Influenza is an infection and is spread when droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes come into contact with the nose or mouth of someone else. Infection can also be spread by contact with hands, tissues and other articles that have been soiled by nose or throat discharge from an infected person.
- Parents are asked to please keep sick children at home until they are completely recovered, so they do not pass illness onto other students and adults. Symptoms may include high temperature, feeling unwell, headache, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and body aches. Please seek medical advice if your child shows these symptoms.
- It is not too late for children to have a flu injection as we are yet to see the peak of the influenza season. You are encouraged to consider this if your child has not been vaccinated against the flu.
- Please help us by reminding your children to use good cough, sneeze and hand hygiene practices that are important in preventing the spread of flu. We will be sharing the following practice with our students
Wash, wipe, cover, don’t infect another. Please encourage this practice at home.
We thank our school community for your support to ensure the wellbeing of all our students and staff.
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