Health Service CornerMEASLESWith the Alameda County Public Health Department’s (ACPHD) recent report of five confirmed cases of measles within the county so far in 2015, the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) is providing families with information regarding the illness.FUSD reminds families there are currently no known cases of measles within the District. The ACPHD is investigating and will notify the District immediately with any reports of confirmed cases or suspected exposures.Measles, also called rubeola, is a highly-contagious illness caused by a virus that causes fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, as well as a rash. More serious cases of measles can cause diarrhea, middle ear infection, pneumonia, or encephalitis (brain infection). Measles is spread person-to-person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or shares food/drink. If your child demonstrates any of the above symptoms, please do not send child to school and contact your physician immediately.Immunization is the best protection against measles. There are typically two doses given: one at 12-15 months, and a second time as soon as 28 days later. Many children receive their second dose before kindergarten. FUSD, as well as all California public schools, requires both doses be administered prior to enrollment.Please contact FUSD Student Support Services at 510-659-2534 with questions or for more information.
What is Influenza (Flu)?
INFLUENZA (also known as the Flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses (Influenza Aor B viruses). It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different than acold.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination everyyear.
- Fever orfeeling feverish/chills
- Runny orstuffy nose
- Muscle orbody aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomitingand Diarrhea (more common in Children)
Reminder: Students are to be keptat home after a fever of 100 F or higher. They can return to school when theyhave been without a fever and without using a fever reducing medication for 24hours. If they have diarrhea or vomiting they need can return to school 48hours after diarrhea or vomiting has stopped.
How flu spreads: Through tiny wet drops produced when aperson coughs, sneezes or talks. A person can get the flu by breathing in thesewet drops or by touching items and surfaces covered with these drops and thentouching their mouth, nose or eyes.
You can help protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap andwater especially after using the restroom. Handhygiene with soap and water is preferred as alcohol based hand sanitizershave limited effectiveness against the flu. If possible avoid other individualswho have the above symptoms.
There is no specific treatmentfor the flu. However some thingscan be done to relieve symptoms:
· Takingover the counter medications to relieve fever (Caution: Aspirin should not begiven to children.)
· Drinkingliquids to stay hydrated.
Persons who are concerned about their symptoms should contact theirhealth care provider.
For more information: http://www.acphd.org/flu
If you have any questionsplease contact your school nurse.
Cheryl Knight RN, PNP—Health Services Coordinator, Student SupportServices