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Take Prevention Seriously: Cold and Flu Season 2019

Oxford, Mississippi (January 23, 2019) — We do have confirmed cases of the flu at all of our campuses. While we have not received any public notices from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we understand the concerns of our parents. Influenza viruses circulate year-round, but most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and activity can last as late as May. We will continue to track our reported cases and take precautionary measures as needed.

If your child gets sick with flu-like illness, they should not report back to school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Also, we ask that if your child is diagnosed with the flu by a healthcare provider, please report that information to your child's school nurse.

Is it a cold or flu?

Signs & Symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom Onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual Rare
Aches Usual Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common Mild to moderate
Headache Common Rare

How does flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu
virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes.