Notes from the Nurse: Increased Cases of Communicable Illnesses

Notes from the Nurse

Please be advised the community is experiencing increased cases of COVID, flu, RSV, and strep throat per Baptist Hospital and Partners in Pediatrics, a local pediatrician’s office. These infections are highly contagious and often come with various symptoms such as high fever, headache, sore throat, runny nose, persistent coughing and sneezing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and extreme fatigue. 

Preventing the spread of these illnesses is a community-wide effort and should be a priority as a part of everyday routines. These simple measures will help prevent the spread of germs and keep your children healthy.

  • Frequent and vigorous hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Covering mouths with tissues or elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouths
  • Stay home until fever, diarrhea, and vomit-free for 24 hours
  • Follow Center for Disease Control and health care provider guidelines for isolation periods for COVID and flu
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces or common areas with 1:10 parts bleach and water solution. 
  • Do not share cups, water bottles, or eating utensils
  • Seek health care provider guidance for vaccinations

If your child begins to show symptoms of these illnesses, a visit to your health care provider is strongly encouraged. Your health care provider can provide testing to determine the cause of the symptoms and administer the proper treatment options. In addition, a note from your health care provider can provide guidance on safe return to school and prevent any truancy issues. 

If you choose not to seek medical guidance, please remember the Autauga County Schools’ policy, “When to Keep Your Child at Home,” which mandates children must be 24 hours free of fever, diarrhea, or vomiting without the help of any medication before returning to school.

For more information, contact Jeannie Coker, RN, Health Services Coordinator.