| |Norovirus or Rotavirus symptoms often make people feel very sick, but it is usually not serious and runs its course in a few days. However, Norovirus does spread easily from person to person. The following information is useful for protecting student health now and throughout the year. You can find further information on the CDC Norovirus Web Page and the CDC Rotavirus Web page.
· Keep children home for a minimum of 24 hours after vomiting, diarrhea, or fever subside;
· Wash hands frequently with soap and water; Use an alcohol-based cleaner if soap and water are not available;
· Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs;
· Avoid close contact with those who have symptoms;
· Seek care for you or your child if needed, and please call ahead to your health care provider's office to tell them what symptoms you have, so they can see you quickly and prevent exposing other people in the waiting room.
· A bleach solution (one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water) is the most effective way to kill germs on surfaces.
· Make sure everyone is vaccinated against the flu, especially those with asthma and other existing health conditions.
Please contact your physician or the Prince William County Health Department if you have any questions.