Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School

Note to parents about the cold vs. flu

Health officials in Lincoln have reported an increased number of flu cases in our community. Pius X is currently not seeing high rates of absenteeism in our school. But as a preventative measure, we are sharing some important information with you to help you and your family guard against illness during the flu season.

Cold vs. Flu

A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks.

Cold symptoms

  • sore throat
    • runny nose
    • congestion
    • cough

Flu symptoms

  • sore throat
    • fever
    • headache
    • muscle aches
    • soreness
    • congestion
    • cough

Most flu symptoms gradually improve over three to five days, but it’s not uncommon to feel run down for a week or more. It is strongly recommended that staff and students with a fever over 100 degrees stay home until they are fever-free for at least a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication. We recommend that students and staff also seek the advice of their medical provider in regards to use of antiviral medication and when to safely return to school.

This would be a great opportunity to reinforce important healthy habits at home. Thank you for partnering with us in keeping our students healthy and ready to learn.

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