Sesonal Flu Information for Parents & Community

Important message sent to parents and employees regarding the Seasonal and Swine Flu:

This is a message from the Sacramento City Unified School District about health care steps our schools are taking to prevent the spread of the seasonal flu and swine flu. You can help your family, school site and community by receiving your seasonal flu shot.

In February 2010, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine this fall which include “universal” flu vaccination in the U.S. to protect against the flu and H1N1 to more people. This fall flu season vaccine will protect against the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus and 2 other flu viruses.

What is Influenza (Also Called Flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Symptoms of Flu

If you are a parent, you can help us by keeping your child home if he or she shows flu or cold symptoms such as:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Diarrhea
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever. Please call your child’s doctor or clinic for additional medical advice.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

Sacramento County Public Health and SCUSD Health Services are offering more free opportunities for you to get your seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccination at locations open regularly during the week.

Please know we are complying with all notification and sanitation guidelines as directed by our County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Education and California Department of Public Health. Our Department of Health Services is taking the lead in this matter.

  • Please follow good, common sense prevention tips:
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after using it.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with the flu, please stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

If you have further questions, contact your primary health care physician. If you do not have a primary health care physician, we have posted a list of resources on our web site at www.scusd.edu, and principals will also have a list of clinics you may use. School staff will monitor children with cold or flu symptoms and may ask parents to take their child home and seek medical advice.

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

If your child has not received a flu shot, it is not too late. The flu season goes until the end of March. Get your child immunized for the flu when he/she gets his/her Tdap.

Remember: washing your hands is the best method of preventing disease!