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Dr. Fowler says number of students with flu in Madison schools are rising

The following message from Madison Superintendent of Education was sent to parents of students in the Madison school district on Thursday:

You are probably aware that there are many cases of flu in the United States.  It has been reported that Alabama and several of the southeastern states have more cases than other regions.  Locally, a private school in Madison County has closed because a large number of students have become ill.  We are starting to receive confirmed cases of the flu in our schools. Luckily, the percentage of students ill has not been to the point of considering a closure.  Let’s all hope that our percentages stay low.  Below you will find information that I asked our nurses to compile.  I hope that it is useful to you, and your family stays clear of any sickness.

If the staff or I can help in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Dr. Dee O. Fowler
Superintendent of Education
Madison City Schools
fowler@madisoncity.k12.al.us

Information below is from the Center of Disease Control (CDC).

Flu symptoms include:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

If your child is experiencing these symptoms, please keep them home from school until symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.  Please consult your child’s doctor for further instructions.

 

For additional information, the link for the Center of Disease Control is www.flu.gov/symptoms.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the School Nurse at your child’s school.