Message from the School Nurse

Dear Lincoln Southwest Families,

Health officials in Lincoln have reported an increased number of flu cases in our community. Lincoln Public Schools is currently not seeing high rates of absenteeism in our schools.  But as a preventative measure, we are sharing some important information with you to help you and your family guard against illness during the flu season.

Cold vs. Flu

A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks.

Cold symptoms

sore throat
runny nose
congestion
cough

Flu symptoms

sore throat
fever
headache
muscle aches
soreness
congestion
cough

Most flu symptoms gradually improve over three to five days, but it's not uncommon to feel run down for a week or more.  It is strongly recommended that staff and students with a fever over 100 degrees stay home until they are fever-free for at least a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication. We recommend that students and staff also seek the advice of their medical provider in regards to use of antiviral medication and when to safely return to school.