“We’re seeing flu in adults that we usually don’t see this
early,” said Debbie Aloshen, manager of CMSD’s Nursing
Services. “It’s bad. It’s never hit this bad this early.”
Nursing Services will administer the flu shots in the schools,
Aloshen said. For a child to receive a shot (or flu mist),
parents are required to sign a consent form, which principals
sent late last year.
No schedule of where and when CMSD’s nurses will be immunizing
students has been completed. Each school will first need at
least 30 consent forms, which principals sent to parents late
last year, returned before Aloshen can assign a team of nurses
to administer shots or flu mist.
Schools with the most “fragile” students, however, will be
targeted first, she said.
The goal is to immunize as many students as possible, because
students are first-line spreaders of the virus to infants and
older people — populations that are at a higher risk of serious
illness like bronchitis or pneumonia from the flu.
Flu symptoms, which last three to four days, include fever,
headache, general aches, fatigue, weakness, extreme exhaustion,
chest discomfort and coughing.
Aloshen recommended four measures students and adults should
take if they contract the virus:
Drink plenty of fluids
Get lots of rest
For a fever, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Students and adults with symptoms that linger for more than a
week should consult their family doctor, she said.
Parents who need a consent form should contact the principal at
their children’s school. But Aloshen said principals will send
out a second wave of the forms over the next few weeks.