Health Information

2018 Flu season

Also see "The Flu: A Guide for Parents"

Flu season is quickly approaching and you should make plans to discuss this disease with your primary care provider.

Federal health officials recommend a yearly flu vaccine for nearly everyone, starting at 6 months of age. On average, about 24,000 Americans die each flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vaccination can be accomplished by several means, including nasal mist, which is only for healthy people ages 2 to 49 who aren’t pregnant, and by needle administration. Younger children, older adults, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions all should consider flu shots. Type B flu tends to strike children more than the middle-aged, and it’s not a bad idea for seniors, who are more vulnerable to influenza in general. Those people with existing disease, i.e. diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and high blood pressure, etc. are especially vulnerable and should discuss the vaccine with their health care provider.

Traditional flu vaccine is made from viruses grown in eggs, and specialists say it’s usually not a problem unless someone has a serious egg allergy. Discuss this allergy with your provider.

Early fall is the ideal time to get a flu shot. It’s impossible to predict when flu will start spreading and it takes about two weeks for protection to kick in. Flu season typically peaks in January or February, so late fall is still OK for a flu shot.

As we approach the flu season your children here at school will be reminded to cover their cough, wash their hands regularly and report any fevers. The flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and a general feeling of fatigue. These symptoms can develop quite quickly. Please keep your child at home if you are aware of any signs and symptoms.

Your child should be fever free for at least 24 hrs before returning to school. As this is an airborne virus, we must stress the importance of reporting the illness and isolating the child from siblings and the elders who might be living in the home.

If you suspect the flu, call your Doctor right away. Antiviral medication, like Tamiflu, can be given but it must be administered very soon after symptoms present themselves.

Grab N Go

Weeping Water Public School is committed to offering a Grab N Go Breakfast to all students, elementary through high school.

Elementary children will file into the building, by room, at the regular time, collect their breakfast, choose milk and go directly to their rooms.

Parents are encouraged to talk with your children. Discuss whether to eat at school or at home, and join us in striving for a healthier student population who start the day with a good breakfast.

For more information:

10 Reasons to Try Breakfast in the Classroom