It’s Elementary by Brandy Blanton

Thank you to Winston Medical Center administration for partnering with Louisville Municipal School District this year to offer flu shots to the faculty. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their area. The vaccine protects against the three flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the upcoming season. Exceptions include the following:

• Individuals allergic to eggs • Individuals who have had a severe reaction to the flu vaccine before. • People who have had Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome • People who have a moderate to severe illness (with fever) should wait until they recover to get the vaccine.

INFLUENZA FACTS

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Most experts believe that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flue 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 the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or possibly their nose. The flu seasons are unpredictable and can be very severe.

FACTS ABOUT THE FLU VACCINE Be aware that occasionally some minor side effects can occur from the flu vaccine. These may include: Soreness, swelling, or redness at the injection site; low grade fever; or minor aches. These should only last a couple of days, at most. On RARE occasions, the flu vaccine could cause severe allergic reactions. However, almost all people who are given the flu shot, have no serious problems from it. The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine derived from killed viruses- so you CANNOT get the flu from the flu shot. This year’s vaccine protects against the 3 most common strains that will likely be a threat this season. The flu vaccine is readily available and affordable at doctor’s offices, county health departments, most pharmacies, and at many retail stores (like Wal-Mart).

October 26th is the date for the fall parties. If your child’s class is having a fall party, his or her teacher will be sending home a note to make you aware. Also on October 26th, Mrs. Sheridan and Mrs. Fulcher’s Pre-K class will host a special “Grandparents Celebration” at 8:30 am in their classroom. This will be a special program to honor the student’s grandparents. Students in this class may wear their Sunday best that day for the program. Parents and grandparents of these students are welcome to attend!

Dates to Remember: • October 19th – students and faculty may wear pink shirts and uniform bottoms • October 22nd – NO SCHOOL! Parent teacher conference day from 3-6 pm. Parents need to pick up your child’s report card. • October 23rd – Reading Fair • October 25th thru 31st – Red Ribbon Week • October 26th – students and faculty may wear red shirts and uniform bottoms. Grandparent’s Day Program for Mrs. Sheridan and Mrs. Fulcher’s class. Fall parties.