Seasonal Flu Information

The Leavenworth School District continues to plan and prepare for the seasonal flu. We are committed to keeping our learning environment healthy by taking actions to educate and reinforce messages and behaviors that reduce the incidence of flu. The following is a summary of information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the application to the school setting.

What is influenza (flu)?

  • The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

  • fever (usually high)
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
  • Although the term "stomach flu" is sometimes used to describe vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea, these illnesses are caused by certain other viruses, bacteria, or possibly parasites, and are rarely related to influenza.

What can I do to protect myself against the flu?

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The flu shot is approved for use among people 6 months of age or older, including healthy people and those with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). The Leavenworth County Health Department offers vaccines and immunizations on Mondays ( 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Wednesdays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and Fridays (8 a.m. to 11 a.m.). The phone number to the Health Department is 250-2000.

Additional Resources:

The Flu: A Guide for Parents www.cdc.gov/flu/school/index.htm

Information About Treating the Flu www.cdc.gov/flu/whattodo.htm