The RI Department of Health is reporting widespread flu in the state.
The influenza illness can include any or all of the following symptoms:
If diagnosed with influenza, students should:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and RI Department of Health recommend that people with influenza-like illness remain at home/out of the classroom until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 or greater) without the use of fever reducing medications. If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as chronic respiratory issues (like asthma), diabetes, a heart condition, or immunosuppression, call your primary care provider. Antiviral medications are available by prescription.
If you develop a high fever, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea, confusion or if flu-like symptoms improve but then return with high fever and worse cough, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.