In a Jan. 22 letter to parents, guardians, faculty and staff, Superintendent Kevin Smith explained the ways in which the Wilton Public School District is addressing the widespread influenza virus.

According to Smith's letter, the Connecticut Department of Health has reported high flu activity in the state over the last few weeks.

In an effort to reduce exposure, the Wilton Public School District's nursing supervisor is monitoring student absence in each building for "any significant change," Smith wrote, and the district has purchased a hard surface disinfectant, "specifically targeted to combat the spread of the influenza bacteria."

Custodial staff have also incorporated use of the disinfectant as part of the nightly cleaning protocol.

Preventative measures

In his letter, Smith listed some preventative actions people can take to stop the spread of germs:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people;
  • Those with flu-like illness are recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities;
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Signs and symptoms

According to the CDC, anyone experiencing the following flu signs and symptoms should seek medical attention:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills;
  • Cough;
  • Sore throat;
  • Runny or stuffy nose;
  • Muscle or body aches;
  • Headaches;
  • Fatigue.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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