Protect yourself (and others) from the flu

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 4.02.52 PMHere we are: flu season. Nashville is one of the country's top spots for flu and flu-like illness. Like a lot of people, we are taking some big preventative steps to help slow or stop the spread of this virus in schools. We ask you to join us. Protect yourself by:

  • using your elbow or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and discard the tissue immediately
  • washing your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand cleaner
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands
  • avoiding close contact with sick people

The best prevention against flu is getting the vaccine. The Metro Public Health Department is giving free flu shots at all three locations from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.:

  • East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane
  • Lentz Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue
  • Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Avenue

For additional information on flu or getting the flu vaccine, please visit the Metro Health Department website or call the health department at 340-5616, option 5.

Remember, if your child is ill, please keep him or her home until healthy to return to school. You should not send your child to school if she/he has any of the following:

  • Fever above 100˚ F (taken by mouth) without the use of fever reducing medication
  • Throwing up
  • Rash covering entire body

When your child has these symptoms they must be kept at home a full 24 hours without symptoms before returning to school.

Signs your child may be getting sick and may need to stay home include: Being very tired, coughing, upset stomach, and crankiness. If we think your child is getting sick at school, we will call you. If you cannot be reached, someone on your emergency list will be called. Please be sure that all phone numbers are current.

We are also taking additional steps to help prevent the spread of the flu:

  • Routinely inspecting health & safety of school facilities
  • Cleaning shared work areas daily
  • Maintaining good cleanliness and ventilation
  • Making sure bathrooms are stocked with soap and paper towels
  • Giving priority response to plumbing and ventilation requests

So come on, Nashville. Let's do the right thing for ourselves, our families and our community. Help stop the spread of the flu by taking these very simple steps!