Published : Friday, January 24, 2020 | 12:32 PM
“Cold and Flu season is upon us.” The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that influenza, or “The Flu,” activity levels have increased over the past several weeks. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit for the health and wellness of our students and staff. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent influenza is as follows:
Tips to Prevent The Flu:
• Get vaccinated every year
• Avoid close contact with sick people
• Frequent handwashing with soap
• Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
• See more prevention tips here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The 2019-2020 Flu Season has been complicated by recent reports of a novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Common symptoms in an infected person include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Although there have been reported cases of novel coronavirus globally, to date, there have been no reported coronavirus cases in LA County or California. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the risk of local transmission is low.
“A significant number of resources across Los Angeles County are focused on protecting the public’s health at large,” said Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “To date, there have been no reported coronavirus cases in LA County and currently the risk of local transmission is low according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will keep everyone informed as more information becomes available. We are urging the public to remain calm, as it is very unlikely that they are at risk of contracting this virus,” she added. Click here to read the full press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
San Marino Unified School District will continue to partner with the California Department of Public Health, which will provide updated information about the diagnosis and management of cases of novel coronavirus, as applicable, in an effort to identify and contain any future cases. People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return. At this time, the CDPH does not recommend exclusion of individuals who have traveled internationally, unless they are symptomatic, at which time they should seek a medical evaluation.
Please contact District Nurse Bob Judge or District Health Coordinator Joanne Javier at (626) 299-7000 ext. 1385 if you have any questions.
San Marino Unified School District (SMUSD), 1665 West Dr., San Marino, (626) 299-7000 or visit smusd.org.