Illness keeps some from school

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, January 25, 2011

At least one of the three school systems in the county is experiencing an increased number of students with some form of sickness.

Rita Drew, Opp City Schools head nurse, said the system has seen an increase in the number of children absent during the last several weeks.

Drew said they are seeing a number of symptoms as well.

“Symp-toms are ranging from fever only, to fever, sore throat and cough,” she said. “Some children are also having vomiting. We have had numerous reports of positive flu tests in our system.”

On the contrary, Andalusia City Schools saw a rash of flu-related illnesses the week students got out for Christmas holidays.

“We’ve seen some flu, but right now we’re not really seeing a lot,” said Melinda Carrasco, head nurse at ACS. “The week before Christmas was pretty rough, though.

Both nurses stressed hand washing to keep from spreading the germs.

“To prevent the spread of germs, it’s important to wash hands,” Carrasco said. “Additionally have students cough into a tissue or a sleeve. If they have a temperature, keep them home until they no longer have a fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.”

Drew agreed.

“Handwashing is still the No. 1 defense in fighting germs,” she said. “Also, use hand sanitizers. If you use a tissue, throw it away.”