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Flu and Cold Season Tips

February 6, 2024

Cold and flu season are among us and our schools have been seeing an increase in respiratory and gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses in our students and staff. Our nurses have seen an uptick in cases of influenzaRespiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and other influenza like illnesses (ILI) are being reported. Current COVID levels also continue to be very high in Hays County. 

Signs and symptoms to monitor yourself and your student for include fever, sore throat, headache, fatigue, congestion, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting and/or diarrhea. Students and staff experiencing these symptoms should stay home.

The following good health habits can help prevent the spread of illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. This should include work, school, extracurriculars, and errands. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others. Students and staff must be fever free (less than 100.0 degrees) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or use the inside of your arm if tissue is unavailable). Throw the tissue in the trash after a single use and wash your hands immediately. Respiratory viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people cough, sneeze, or speak.
  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

WISD staff will continue to work diligently to help curb the spread of illness. Our campus nurses assess and monitor students and staff for illness and are available to answer any questions you may have. Our custodial staff does an amazing job cleaning our schools and facilities daily, and will continue to do so. We are so grateful to them!

For more information about preventative measures, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. You are also encouraged to contact your healthcare provider, pharmacy, Hays County Health Department, or your student’s campus nurse with any questions or concerns. 

Stay healthy,

Nurse Annie Wood, BSN, RN, NCSN