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Cold and Flu Season Tips & Coronavirus Update

Friday, January 24, 2020 @5:00pm

Dear DUSD Families,

Cold and flu season is upon us. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that influenza, or the flu, activity levels have increased over the past several weeks. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are displaying any flu symptoms. Keeping your sick child home will be a great benefit to the health and wellness of our students and staff. Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat, and cough. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent influenza is as follows: 

Tips to Prevent The Flu:

  • Get vaccinated every year 
  • Avoid close contact with sick people 
  • Frequent handwashing with soap 
  • Stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. 
  • See more prevention tips here from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Novel Coronavirus

The 2019-20 flu season has been complicated by recent reports of a novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Common symptoms in an infected person include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Although there have been reported cases of novel coronavirus globally, to date, there have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in Alameda County or California. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said the risk of local transmission is low

We will continue to partner with the California Department of Public Health and the Alameda County Public Health Department, which will provide updated information about the diagnosis and management of cases of novel coronavirus, as applicable, in an effort to identify and contain any future cases. People who have traveled to Wuhan, China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to Wuhan and develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return. At this time, the CDPH does not recommend exclusion of individuals who have traveled internationally, unless they are symptomatic, at which time they should seek a medical evaluation. 

We thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Sincerely,

Dave Marken Ed.D
Superintendent
Dublin Unified School District

Vicki Fukumae, RN and Zabi Habibi, RN
District Nurses
Dublin Unified School District