Influenza (also known as “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Body aches
  • Cough, can be severe, causing chest discomfort
  • Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, more common in children than adults

* Not everyone will develop a fever.

You may return to school once you are fever, diarrhea, and vomiting free for a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of medication, no longer have a severe cough, and are able to participate in normal activities.

Further information about influenza can be found on the CDC website. 



The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. The CDC provides these resources to help answer your questions about the flu vaccine.

If you are diagnosed with influenza, please notify the school nurse Lea Hysom at