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Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Flu and prevention

We are seeing a number of cases of influenza in Addis Ababa and we would like to remind you to practice the following steps to avoid and stop the spread of the flu virus.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put the tissue in the trash after you use it. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time after you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15 or 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are ill, please avoid those who are well.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, you may check with your health provider for medical advice.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

Influenza Symptoms

Influenza or flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (oral temperature of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius).
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

ICS Health Office Policies and Procedures

When a student becomes ill at school with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and or vomiting, the student will be sent home after contacting parents. The student should stay home and he or she can come back to ICS after 24 hours of being free from symptoms of fever, chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, sweating, vomiting or diarrhea. All medications prescribed by a doctor will need to be given to the Health Office for administration while the student is at school. Call the respective school office to inform that the student is ill at home.

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