Cold and flu season is here

The cold and flu season is here and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools would like to make families aware of the symptoms and how to prevent the spread of these illnesses.

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness. It can cause mild to severe symptoms, and at times can lead to death. Some people — such as the elderly, young children and people with certain health conditions — are at high risk for serious flu complications.

CMS does encourage families to have their children immunized against the flu. Although it does not eliminate the risk, the flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu and can reduce symptoms.

To avoid giving the flu to others, stay home when you are sick, cough or sneeze into tissues and discard them properly, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an approved hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Flu symptoms may include:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)

  • A cough and/or sore throat

  • A runny or stuffy nose

  • Headaches and/or body aches

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

When a child is home with a fever or vomiting, families should wait 24 hours until the child is symptom free before going back to school.

Please, help CMS maintain a healthy education environment by helping to reduce exposure to the cold and flu.