It is that time of year when colds, flu, and stomach viruses are very common, and this year is no different. Our school nurses are seeing an uptick in illnesses, but nothing alarming. Rest assured, we monitor attendance closely and are far below the health department notification rate of 20% absences due to illness. However; local healthcare providers are reporting a high level of Influenza B with symptoms of fever, headache, aching, and cough. This can be treated with Tamiflu if diagnosed early. It is also not too late to get a flu shot for yourself or your children which can prevent or dramatically reduce the symptoms of the flu. As always, wash your hands frequently and keep students home if they have a temperature over 100 degrees until they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication.