Flu Watch 2018

Sick high school student with medicine and teddy bearUPDATE – Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 – More news on the flu front, from regional media reports: According to Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease physician with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, just about any disinfectant, including chlorine bleach diluted in water, will wipe out flu germs, but hard surfaces aren’t the most common culprit.

“Flu is transmitted, for the most part, person-to-person, within 3-6 feet in enclosed spaces,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that people with flu symptoms should STAY HOME for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicines).
STAYING HOME includes avoiding work, school, travel, shopping, social events and public gatherings.

UPDATE – Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 – Click here for more good information from the CDC, shared by our lead nurse, Ronda Brewer, RN. It was sent to her (and her counterparts across the state) by Krista Lowe, RN, school nurse specialist for the Georgia Department of Education.

UPDATE – Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 – Still lots of talk about flu in our area  not exactly breaking news since it has been with us since before the holiday break.

Our superintendent, Dr. April Howard, her staff, and our building leaders are watching the numbers closely and urging all our stakeholders to use common sense to protect their own health and the health of our community.

Through Thursday, Feb. 1, our absentee rate for staff was slightly higher than normal, but our substitutes are helping cover for those folks; and our student attendance was 91%, just slightly lower than the average of 95-96%, Dr. Howard said.

Please review the information below and observe the guidelines provided – stopping the spread of the flu or other seasonal viruses starts with each one of us!


Medical professional taking notes.

Monday, January 29, 2018 – Lots of folks are talking – and asking questions – about the flu. The Georgia Department of Public Health reminds us that “flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person,” and they can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and – sometimes – diarrhea and vomiting.

Not all symptoms are required – for instance, not everyone has a fever!

The DPH recommends that if you think you or your child has the flu, you should call or visit your doctor – and reminds us that it’s not too late to get a flu shot! In any case, if you or your child is sick, healthcare officials recommend you stay home from work or school.

Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.

We know you are taking extra precautions – our school staff members and bus drivers are taking care, too. If your child’s school or teacher asks for donations of anti-bacterial wipes or other supplies and you can support those efforts, know that they are grateful!

Other things you can do to help prevent the spread of flu – “tried and true measures your mother taught you,” as the DPH puts it – include the following:

  • If you or your child is sick, stay home from work or school. Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.
  • Be sure you are frequently and thoroughly washing your hands with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gels are the next best thing if you don’t have access to soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm.
  • Avoid touching your face as flu germs can get into the body through mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.

Here are more links to solid information:


Click here to download and/or print a graphic from the CDC (below) that can help distinguish a cold from the flu.

Cold or Flu Poster