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Health Guidelines to Help Prevent and Limit the Spread of Flu and Flu-Like Illnesses

January 27th, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity typically peaks between December and February and can continue into May. School custodians do a wonderful job of keeping our schools clean, but the spread of flu and other illnesses in a school building is a concern for all parents and school staff.

With concerns of the flu spreading each year and recent concerns on the coronavirus, here are recommendations and information on Influenza-Like Illnesses (ILI) and the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to help prevent and avoid spreading infections.

Influenza-Like Illness (ILI)

Influenza and ILI viruses are spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. Here are a few recommendations to help prevent the spread of ILI:

If your child exhibits symptoms associated with influenza, such as a fever (100 ºF or higher), consult your primary care physician for evaluation. Infants, toddlers, seniors, pregnant women, and people with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk of severe illness or complications from influenza, and should consult with their primary care physician if they develop symptoms of influenza.

For more information on influenza, please check the HCPSS flu prevention web page and Maryland Department of Health website.

Coronavirus

The CDC provides guidelines on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

According to the CDC, if you were in Wuhan within 14 days and feel sick or have had close contact with someone who has recently traveled from this area and is showing symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should:

This is an evolving situation, and HCPSS will follow the guidance of the CDC and Howard County Health Department who will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

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