Signs and Symptoms Of Influenza

Influenza Information
Dear Parents and Guardians:
There has been a case of Influenza in your child’s classroom. To help control the spread of Influenza,
please be diligent to follow up with a physician if your child exhibits any of the signs and symptoms
listed below. Influenza is easily spread through respiratory droplets which become airborne when
children are coughing or sneezing. Early recognition and treatment will prevent the spread of the
illness. As always, good washing is the best way to prevent the spread of any illness.
Signs and Symptoms of Influenza:
May not exhibit all of these symptoms
Body Aches / Headache
Cough / Sore Throat
Runny or Stuffy Nose
Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
Diagnosis of Influenza:
Confirmed Influenza can only be determined by a physician using a Flu Test. This can be done at the
doctor’s office or at a walk in clinic and results will be available in 10 – 20 minutes.
Treatment of Influenza:
Keep your child home and resting. Pain and fever reducing medications are advised (Tylenol or Motrin).
Please do not use aspirin or products that contain aspirin due to the risk of Reyes Syndrome. Your
child’s doctor may or may not prescribe an antiviral (Relenza or Tamiflu). Antivirals are most effective in
the first two days.
Please watch for emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention: fast breathing or trouble breathing; bluish or
gray skin color; not drinking enough fluids; not urinating or no tears when crying; severe or persistent vomiting; pain or pressure
in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness or confusion; flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and cough
that is worse.
Returning to School:
When your child is fever free for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducing medication he or she may
return to school.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all of our students healthy.
Susie Schreib, RN, BSN – School Nurse Lakeway Elementary – – 512.533.6365
Lakeway Elementary
1701 Lohman’s Crossing Road Lakeway, TX 78734