Maine is experiencing a particularly bad influenza season and the peak traditionally isn’t until February! Local hospitals have been inundated and there was the death of a unimmunized school aged child in December. Mrs. Borer, the John Bapst school nurse, strongly suggests that if you have not yet received your flu shot that consider getting it done. Immunity occurs within 14 days and the two strains that have been prevalent in our area are both covered with the vaccination.
Flu shots are available through your primary care provider and many area drugs and grocery stores. If you have trouble finding a location that will work for you, please let Mrs. Borer know and she will help you.
Mrs. Borer would like to remind everyone that handwashing is particularly helpful to keep everyone healthy. She recommends wiping down any hard surface – desks, phones, door knobs etc., with Clorox wipes as often as possible. Influenza is hard to distinguish from a cold, but ge
neral the symptoms (dry cough, body aches, fever and extreme tiredness) are more exaggerated and a runny nose is less likely with influenza. If you think you might have influenza, please consider being tested. There is a medication called Tamiflu that can lessen the symptoms and increase recovery but is only effective if given 24-48 hours within the onset of symptoms.
Mrs. Borer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school.