Mother concerned about flu school nurse gives tips

Mother concerned about flu school nurse gives tips

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Flu season has already claimed 67 lives in North Carolina this year, including at least 11 just in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. Schools are taking precautions to protect students from the spread.“When she woke up hot to the touch, having chills I immediately knew that she had to go straight to the doctor,” mother Alexis Wall said.- Advertisement – Wall’s daughter woke up, not feeling well a few days ago, sending her into panic mode.“I was pretty terrified actually that she had the flu,” Wall said.Thankfully it was a false alarm, but fear of the flu has lots of people worried.Related Article: NC student dies after contracting meningitisFlu shot or no flu shot, many are battling the virus either way and some are even dying.“We’ve seen this before. This season is most definitely more severe than what it was last season,” Brunswick County Schools Lead Nurse, Wanda Willis, said.Experts say kids can be particularly vulnerable and the close quarters of schools can always be a breeding ground for illness.Willis said there is one major line of defense, “I can’t say it enough: wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!”She said people can sometimes mistake the flu for a common cold.“Some of those differences are the fatigue for instance, with a cold maybe sometimes, but with the flu for sure. And sometimes that fatigue can last two to three weeks at a time,” Willis said.Wall said she thinks many parents are wary of keeping kids home because of all the school days lost to winter weather.“I think that people are hyperaware of their kids not missing any additional school, and so they’re sending them early in the stages of not feeling well, and it turns out they’ve got strep throat or the flu,” Wall said.But Willis said when they have the flu you need to keep your kids home, especially if they have a fever. If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, Willis said it is never too late.last_img

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