Over the last week and again today, we had large numbers of children with flu like symptoms coming to school. Some were too sick to stay in school and had to be collected before the end of class whilst others struggled to remain for the full day.
The National Director of Public Health, Dr. Kevin Kelleher and the three children’s hospitals have all expressed concern about the rapid spread of flu in schools and other places where large numbers of people congregate together. In a joint statement issued Thursday, the following was said:
“Our advice is any child who gets flu- like symptoms should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and parents should use over the counter remedies like paracetamol to relieve symptoms. If parents are worried about their child’s breathing or fluid intake or if any young child or infant is in one of the high-risk categories, they should contact their G.P.”
The Department of Education has endorsed the HSE’S advice on not sending children who are experiencing flu like symptoms to school.
In order to prevent the further spread of flu in our school we would ask all parents to take note of this advice and keep sick children at home.
Thank you for your co-operation.