Health Office - Elaine Sterkowitz

When you call the school to tell us your child won’t be coming in today because they are not feeling well, you will often hear us ask: “Is it the cold or the flu?”

Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu can speed up recovery.

Symptoms

…of a COLD

…of the FLU

Fever

Rare

Usually present. Higher than 100F is associated with the flu.

Chills

Mild

Moderate to Severe

Headache

Uncommon

Common

Body Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; Often Severe

Fatigue, Weakness

Fairly mild

Moderate to Severe

Runny/Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

Yes

No

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort

Mild to moderate

Often severe

Cough

Hacking, productive (mucus producing)

Non-productive (non-mucus producing)

Treatment

Antihistamines, Decongestants, Pain Relievers

Antiviral medications—

See your doctor

Prevention

Wash your hands often with soap and water; Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold

Wash your hands often with soap and water; Annual vaccination; Antiviral medications—See your doctor

Complications

Sinus infection, Ear infection, Asthma, Bronchitis

Sinus infection, Bronchitis, Pneumonia; Can worsen chronic conditions; Can be life-threatening. Complications more likely in the elderly, those with chronic conditions, young children and pregnant women.

This content is provided for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or vigorous physical activity or making any changes to existing treatment or activities. Do not delay seeking or disregard medical advice based on the content presented here.

Help win the war against LICE!! Does your head itch now??

Head lice are a common problem in any school. But there are steps you can take to help prevent the spread of lice. Do not share hats, hair brushes, hair accessories, etc. Wear long hair up with ends secured. Be cautious of who your child spends the night with. Check hair often for lice, especially if you have an itchy scalp. The school has lice treatment available if you need it for your family.  For more information on lice and treatment call the school.