Cedar Hill ISD Health Services Department Medical Advisory
This time of year we see increased cases of the flu, the mumps and the Zika virus. The flu, mumps and Zika virus share similar symptoms with one or two differences. All include flu-like symptoms and fever. The flu and mumps are both spread through the air by droplets from coughing and sneezing. The Zika virus only affects certain people, in particular pregnant women, and is transmitted by mosquitos.
To keep our school community healthy, we ask that parents follow the district’s illness protocol. Keep your student home if he or she has a temperature of 99.8 or higher, and is suffering from one or more of the following: cold/flu-like symptoms, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, swollen glands, or rash. To prevent the spread of illness, do not send them to school. Your child must be fever-free for at least 24 or more hours before they may return. Students who require fever reducing medicine should be kept home. If your child has a fever or any of the symptoms listed above for more than 48 hours, seek medical attention immediately.
Prevent your child from becoming ill or spreading disease by doing the following:
Dress them properly for the weather.
Make sure they have plenty of fluids, rest and proper nutrition.
Teach them to cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Encourage frequent hand washing with soap and water. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be substituted when soap and water are not available.
With your help, we can reduce illnesses on our campuses. To learn more about these diseases, visit the following websites:
Dallas County Health and Human Services - dallascounty.org/hhs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - cdc.gov