Lisbon Public Schools is experiencing an influx of students with influenza symptoms and many cases of confirmed Influenza A.  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.  The flu virus is spread person to person by a contaminated person coughing or sneezing and putting contaminated droplets into the air for others to breathe and ingest.  It is also possible to contract the virus from a contaminated surface.  Flu cases range in severity, but will often cause several days of absences from school or work.

Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Chills

In addition, vomiting and diarrhea can be present: however, these symptoms are not common with influenza are often the result of a separate viral infection. In order to help prevent the further spread of influenza, please be reminded of Lisbon Public School policy that students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen before returning to school.  Also, it is important to note that not all subjects experience fever as a symptom.  If your student is generally not feeling well and therefore can not be an active participant in the day’s activities, the student should remain at home to get the proper rest to recover. There are also a few things that you can do to help prevent the spread of the influenza.  Practice good hygiene by frequently washing your hands.  Also, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, and sanitize commonly touched surfaces.  In addition, flu vaccinations are still available through health care facilities.

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