November 2015

Flu advice for parents/guardians/carers with children at school


What are the symptoms of flu?

The symptoms of flu often start suddenly and include:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • pains in the limbs or the joints
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • runny nose
  • some people also have vomiting and diarrhoea.

How is Flu treated?

Most people, including children, will recover within a few days. Resting and taking over the counter preparations such as Paracetamol will help. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay at home, so as not to infect others, until feeling better.

Those with underlying conditions, or if feeling short of breath or very unwell should telephone their GP or GP out of hours service for advice. For these people, antiviral medication may be advised. The Public Health Agency (PHA) advises it is important that patients with flu-like symptoms do not attend an accident and emergency department unless absolutely necessary and urgent.

Schools have been advised by the PHA, should a child develop flu-like symptoms at school, arrangements should be made for them to be taken home as soon as possible. While waiting, they should be placed in a suitable area, such as a medical room or a small office (to reduce the chance of spreading infection to other children), but where they can be kept under observation.


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