According to Carol Gelatt, nurse in the main health center, flu season has arrived. Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, dry cough, sore throat, muscle ache, fatigue, headache and possibly a runny nose.
“If students are demonstrating symptoms or have a fever greater than 100 degrees, stay home and have a parent or guardian call the attendance office to notify the school that the student will not be at school,” Gelatt said. “If fever and cough remain after 48 hours, students should call their health care provider. ”
Gelatt said she had a few tips to help ward off the flu. She said she advises students to wash their hands frequently, especially after blowing their noses or coughing.
She added that covering a cough or sneeze helps prevent the spread of the flu. “When you cough or sneeze, do so in the crook of your elbow or in a tissue,” Gelatt said.
Gelatt said she recommends that students get the flu shot.
Freshman Luisa Perez said health tips similar to Gelatt’s have helped her stay healthy.
“I hardly ever get sick,” Perez said. “I do all the things that I’m supposed to so, that’s probably why (I don’t get sick often).”