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Flu Season is Here

We’ve had reported, confirmed cases of both Influenza A and B.  (It’s not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t yet.)  Please take a moment to read the IDPH Influenza Fact Sheet and don’t hesitate to contact Kathy Campbell if you have questions, or 319-828-4505 ext. 1310.

PLEASE provide us with symptom details when you call your child in sick.  We aren’t trying to be critical or question the need to stay home but rather, we need to track symptoms and provide compiled information to the state department of public health.  We do not share individual information, just totals for the week (i.e. percentage of students with fever, nausea, cough, body aches, etc.).

Handwashing vs Hand Sanitizer

Handwashing is an important defense against influenza.  Hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not immediately available.  The following information regarding hand washing vs hand sanitizer is from the Iowa Department of Public Health:

“As the winter months approach, IDPH offers a reminder about the importance of hand hygiene in preventing the acquisition and spread of disease.  Both

alcohol-based hand sanitizers and hand-washing are effective ways of preventing disease, but remember these important facts:

  • Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty.   Hand washing should be used to physically remove the oil and grime that can harbor bacteria.
  • Hand sanitizers should not replace hand-washing in situations that warrant it, including food preparation, restroom use, and diaper-changing.
  • Hand sanitizers are not effective in killing certain pathogens such as Cryptosporidium, norovirus, or Clostridium difficile.

Hand hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent infections in any season, using hand-washing or hand-sanitizing as appropriate.  For more information, visit CDC Website

Influenza Fact Sheet