Flu

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    All of our schools are seeing confirmed cases of the flu and several other illnesses.

    Please help us stop the spread of the flu.

    Symptoms: Can include *fever, *cough, *sore throat, *runny or stuffy nose, *body aches, *headache, *chills, *fatigue, and sometimes *vomiting and diarrhea.  Some people with the flu will not have a fever.

    Incubation period: People with the flu are contagious 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 days after.  

    • If your child is diagnosed with the flu or has flu-like symptoms, please keep them home from school.                                                                   
    • If he/she has a fever (he/she must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) before returning to school.  
    • Students must also be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Physicians recommend that someone with the flu should stay home for a full 5 days.
    • Do not be tempted to send your child back to school too soon. Children with the flu need time for their body to recover.

    While Flu is our chief concern at this time, COVID, RSV cases are also being reported. 
    Regardless of the illness, parents  and students should follow the following tried and true illness prevention:

    • Wash your hands with soap and water throughout the day and especially after using the restroom.
    • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Use proper respiratory hygiene (cough/sneeze into your elbow or tissue.)
    • Stay home if you are sick!

    If you have any questions about your child’s illness or symptoms, please contact your school nurse.

    For more information about the flu go to: CDC: A Flu Guide for Parents

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MADISON CITY SCHOOLS FLU CLINICS 

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Madison City Schools will be offering the Flu Vaccine to our students again this year. The flu vaccine (shot) is provided by and administered by a local company, Vaccinating Alabama Kids in Schools (VAKS). The forms will be sent home with your child the week of September 19.  If you are interested in having your child receive the flu vaccine, please complete the form and send it to the nurse at your child's school no later than Friday, September 23.

    You may also download the form from the link below, print it, complete it entirely, and send it with your child to give to his/her teacher.  

    Please remember the following information:

    • Flu vaccines are completely optional, and NO child will receive one without a completed and signed consent form. 
    • IF you do NOT want your child(ren) to receive the flu shot at school, DO NOT SEND A FORM.
    • There are no out-of-pocket costs associated with the vaccine, but your insurance will be billed. 
    • The insurance information must be complete for your child to receive the flu vaccine.
    • If your child does not have insurance, you may indicate this on the consent form and he/she will be eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge.
    • Only flu SHOTs will be given.  Please make sure that your child understands that it is a "SHOT" and prepare them for this; NO SURPRISES!

     

     

    Do your kids need insurance?

    ALL Kids  is an affordable, high quality, comprehensive health coverage for eligible children under the age of 19.