Galligan School Nurse
Martha Furtado BSN, RN
Student and Parent Handbook
Cold Versus Flu- What is the Difference?
When to Keep Sick Children Home from School
FUN NATIONAL FOOD HOLIDAYS
Here are a few fun food holidays to help brighten up a cold winter day:
JANUARY : January 19th is National Popcorn Day. Enjoy this whole grain food either plain or with a fun mix-in !
FEBRUARY: National Pizza Day is February 9th. have fun making a veggie pizza with lots of veggies!
MARCH: March 25th is National Waffle Day! Enjoy with some fresh fruit like strawberries & blueberries- YUM!
The cold wind & weather is now upon us & along with winter jackets, it's time to remember to pack hats and mittens/gloves for school. As long as the weather is nice , the children enjoy recess & gym outdoors.
We are now in actively in the flu season and it typically runs through the end of May. Even though we may not think of flu in May, surprisingly there are still cases throughout the month. While it's a personal choice, a flu shot is advised as it helps protect your body against the flu. It takes about 2 weeks for your body to build up antibodies once you get the flu shot . The flu shot will NOT give you the flu.
HOW IT SPREADS: The flu virus spread easily from person to person through coughing & sneezing. The virus can also live a short time on toys, doorknobs, cell phones and any surface & can infect the person who touches them. Flu symptoms start 1-4 days ( usually 2 days) after a person breathes it in or has touched an infected surface surface and then their eyes, mouth, or nose.
SYMPTOMS: The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, & sore throat. Also body aches ,headache, chills, runny nose & feeling very tired. Some people, especially young children, also have diarrhea and vomiting.
HOW TO PREVENT THE FLU: Get the flu vaccine; wash your hands with soap & water or alcohol-based hand gel; cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the inside of your elbow if no tissue; throw away soiled tissues; use household cleaners to keep surfaces clean. Avoid people who are sick. Try to stay at least 3-6 feet from someone who has the flu.
* Stay home from work and school if you have flu-like symptoms or have been diapnosed with the flu. Rest, drink plenty of fluids, & eat healthy foods . Check with your child's pediatrician for correct dose of fever/pain medication. Stay at home until fever free for at least 24 hours AFTER your last dose of fever-reducing medication and symptoms have resolved.
Is it a cold or the flu?
What is the difference and how do you know if it's a common cold or the flu? See the above link to a helpful information sheet.
A Note from the Nurse
General guidelines for keeping your child home from school. If your child has:
Please note that these are guidelines. The school nurse reserves the right to dismiss students who, in her professional opinion, are too ill to be in school.
Please report all student injuries and important medical information to the school nurse as soon as possible and notify the nurse if your child will be out of school for an extended period of time.
If you have any questions about when to keep your child home from school, please contact the Galligan school nurse at 508.821.1295