Is the flu in your school? - page 4

Hey fellow school nurses, Just curious if students/teachers have been diagnosed with the flu and how you've handled it with other parents/staff. I've had a bunch of kids whose parents have... Read More

  1. by   scout mom
    I've sent home letter regarding symptoms and when/how long to keep a kid home. I've also sent an email to all staff to please keep in mind that they are sending kids to me that spilled milk on themselves & only need parents called while there are kids in there with ILI. I also told teachers that if there is a ILI kid in my office that I will place a red "frowny" face in my window and kids shouldn't come in unless there's an emergency or scheduled med. I want to limit exposure as much as I can & this is going well so far.
  2. by   raidermom
    It hit both my schools in December and we had 45 diagnosed cases at one school and 43 diagnosed at the other with a student body of 134 and 122. That was teachers and students. We have recently had a few more diagnosed these past 2 weeks. Our state is telling us that we haven't hit peak yet.
  3. by   ruby_jane
    Odd thing: two separate families, two kids, afebrile here, only symptom was robust cough. Both positive for influenza B. Still afebrile today according to parents (but the parents kept the kids home!!!)
  4. by   Farawyn
    28 cases in January, and we haven't hit peak yet in the NE.
  5. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from Farawyn
    28 cases in January, and we haven't hit peak yet in the NE.
    Yep, I hate February and March.
  6. by   Farawyn
    Quote from JenTheSchoolRN
    Yep, I hate February and March.
    "THEY" said this is the worst flu season in 10 years.
  7. by   ruby_jane
    Teacher (passing me in the hall): "Hey, do we have a lot of flu in school?"

    I started laughing because I thought he was kidding me but he really wanted to know.
  8. by   MrNurse(x2)
    Mom sent in 2nd grader 1 day post Tamiflu, 5 days post diagnosis. Poor guy was a dish rag. Explained that, although he isn't infectious, he still will have symptoms for a few more days to week and he is in no mood for learning. Used the opportunity to educate that, had he been vaccinated, he would be feeling much better now.
  9. by   Farawyn
    The GOOD thing?

    No one is lingering in my office.
  10. by   Flare
    So i'm usually a bit more lax with suggesting that parents take their kids to a doctor. I think it's the former hospital administrator in me that cringes when i know that on a normal day i'm sending a kid home for a sniffle and the parent thinks they need to rush them off - to the ER no less. But the past few weeks if feel like Oprah -
    You get a doctor's visit - and you get a doctor's visit, you get a doctor's visit and you too!

    The tamiflu is a flowing here, but thankfully not so much that I have to do health dept surveillance.
  11. by   Farawyn
    I'm almost scared to say this, but it seems to be easing off a bit...
  12. by   AdobeRN
    We are finally back to our normal average absent numbers - I hope it stays that way.
  13. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from Farawyn
    I'm almost scared to say this, but it seems to be easing off a bit...
    I'm knocking on wood. The Thursday and Friday before February break I send home 15+ students. 9 of them were from one grade and one homeroom and within 24 hours I have two of those nine confirmed with the flu. I was never so happy to see February break so deep cleaning could happen to lessen the spread.