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Flu prevention in Greenville Co. schools proves to be good medicine

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

National statistics show this year’s flu season is one of the most severe in recent years. There have been 30 flu-related deaths among children this flu season.

No schools in the Greenville County School District are experiencing flu outbreaks and that may be the result of a good flu prevention effort. In a note to all school nurses this week, the district’s director of health services asked for a double dose of precaution.

That includes extra disinfecting, isolating sick kids until their parents can pick them up and making the attendance office aware of any confirmed influenza cases.

School custodians are directed to pay extra attention to surfaces that are touched often like doorknobs, light switches, and desks. While a school does what it can to combat the spread of flu, nurses hope parents will recognize the symptoms early and keep sick kids home.

Leslie Owens, the nurse at Summit Drive Elementary says,” We need to keep students at home if they have fever of 100 degrees or greater. They need to have no fever, no vomit no diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school so we can keep those with contagious illnesses out of the school.”

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