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School district gives flu warning

Posted: December 12, 2014 2:22 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2014 1:00 a.m.

According to Kershaw County School District Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd, the district received an update last week from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) saying it is seeing an early and large rise in seasonal flu cases. Byrd said the district is currently experiencing the same situation in many of the schools.

Flu is different from the common cold, Byrd said. It can cause fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and vomiting. Flu can be very serious and can spread between people when those who are sick cough, sneeze or even talk with others who are up to six feet away. 

DHEC strongly recommends all South Carolina residents older than 6 months get the flu vaccine as soon as possible -- unless there is a medical reason not to be vaccinated.

The district is asking for Kershaw County’s help to maintain healthy learning environments for students and staff. If a child is diagnosed with the flu, please notify the school’s nurse. Also, please do not send the child to school with a fever of 100 degrees or higher with cough or sore throat. As a reminder, all students should be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of Motrin or Tylenol before returning to school. 

The school district thanks all students and parents for their assistance. Also, feel free to talk with the school nurses if there are any questions.

(This information provided by the KCSD.)

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