Students and families in Shelby may have received a letter in the mail recently in regards to influenza, as Shelby schools and hospitals are seeing a large number of children being diagnosed with Influenza A and B
Marias Healthcare in Shelby sent a letter to families through the school district to remind residents of precautions that can be taken to help prevent further spread of the flu in the community.
The letter recommended that people make sure they are cleaning and sanitizing homes and facilities, and reminded parents to keep children home if they are sick.
The letter also stated for parents to keep an eye out for the following symptoms: headaches, fevers above 100.5, and/or chills, cough, nasal or chest congestion, as well as body aches.
They also said if anyone has questions or concerns, they should contact their healthcare provider, or call Marias Healthcare at 406-434-3100
Shelby Public Schools superintendent Elliott Crump says during flu season, they work closely with health officials and parents to keep everyone up to date.
Crump said, “Whenever we see these large numbers of students being out at the same time, and the hospital contacts us or the clinic contacts us to say, ‘Hey, we've been having a lot of cases, we need to get some information out to the community,’ we're normally the venue that gets that information out.”
Crump added it's always a good idea to keep wash your hands and take steps to keep yourself healthy.
The CDC website provides more information about the flu, including the following tips for avoiding the flu: