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Dear FPS Families,

This Influenza (flu) season has shown to be widespread throughout Arkansas and affecting more people than other flu seasons. Washington County continues to be one of the 14 counties in Arkansas reporting highest numbers of people with flu. Sadly, in our state, there have been 125 deaths related to flu, with three of those deaths being children.  In this flu season, there is no such thing as being too cautious. 

The two best things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the flu are still:

  • Getting a flu shot. Even if you’ve been diagnosed with flu once already this year, a flu shot can help prevent you from getting it again.  We are seeing people being diagnosed with both Influenza A and B during this flu season. 
  • Hand washing. It is still the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of infection.

Additionally, taking precautions such as coughing and sneezing into your elbow, staying home if you’re feeling ill, and seeing your health provider if you suspect you have the flu are ways to reduce the spread of flu.

In Fayetteville, we typically see an increased number of flu cases in the month of February, so be aware of these choices to help reduce your risk of becoming ill. 

 If your child is experiencing flu-like symptoms, do not send him/her to school.  If your child becomes ill during the day, he/she can see their school nurse, who can advise them and you. 

If you are diagnosed with flu, there are medications that can help reduce the severity of the virus, but these medications are most effective if you begin to take them as soon as your symptoms begin.  For additional information for symptoms of Influenza and Common Colds, please go to this link:

You can review the illness policy for Fayetteville Public Schools at:

Thank you for helping to keep students and families healthy,

Melissa Thomas, RN
Director of Health Services
Fayetteville Public Schools

Melissa Thomas, Health Servcies Director

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