Dear Parent or Guardian,
This letter is to inform you that an individual in our school has influenza, otherwise known as “the flu.”
Influenza is a highly infectious respiratory illness caused by a virus, which affects the nose, throat, and lungs. It is transmitted by person-to-person contact or through the air by coughing or sneezing.
Influenza symptoms primarily include a sudden onset of fever of 100 to 103° F, exhaustion, headaches and muscle aches that are often severe, and coughing. A person will have tiredness and/or weakness through the duration of the illness for up to two weeks. Other symptoms may include sneezing, sore throat and runny nose.
A person with influenza can be contagious from one day before symptoms appear until about a week after. People who are ill should stay at home to avoid spreading the influenza virus. Other steps that can prevent the spread of the influenza virus include:
- Get a yearly flu shot
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough
- Using a tissue to wipe or blow your nose and quickly throwing away used tissues
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and warm water
We work closely with the Spokane Regional Health Department and have been assured we are taking the proper steps in regards to cleaning and disinfecting to decrease the spread of the virus. Our goal at Mead School District is to keep our students healthy and safe while they are here at school.
Ruth Erb & Lorrie Bernardi