Nurse

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Cyndi Wilson

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PROTECTION FROM INFECTION

1. Flu Facts  
   
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Influenza, "Flu", is a virus that is spread through droplets from the respiratory system.
 
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When someone coughs or sneezes, droplets are sprayed - onto surfaces and people. If they cough/sneeze into hands without a tissue, their hands carry droplets to surfaces they touch. You touch that surface and you pick up the virus. If you rub your eyes or nose, you've just infected yourself.
 
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Viruses can live on surfaces for several hours.
 
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The flu can be spread a day or so before you start showing symptoms.
   
2. Prevention  
   
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Wash hands frequently.
 
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Cough/sneeze into a tissue or into bend of your arm.
 
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Do not touch you eyes, nose, or mouth.
 
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Wash any shared surfaces (phones, tables, desks, keyboards) frequently
 
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Stay home if you or your child have a temperature of 100 or more.
   
3. Symptoms  
   
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Headache, fever, fatigue, aches & pains, chills and dry cough. Some may have vomiting or stomachache..
 
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The flu is at it's worst for 3 - 4 days. The cough may linger longer. Recovery can take 7 - 10 days. You may have lingering fatigue for several weeks.
   
There's one catch with these viruses. About 24 - 72 hours after you're infected, you become contagious. Yet you don't know you're sick. (Neither would the children who could be contagious)

Please spray or wipe off shared surfaces in addition to good handwashing.  Let's not give the viruses a free ride.


Cyndi Wilson, RN
Jones County School Nurse
 


South Jones Elementary School| 27 Warrior Rd, | Ellisville, MS 39437 | Phone: (601) 477-3577 | Fax: (601) 477-2700

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