Quincy Public Schools Health Services is issuing this enterovirus advisory to provide parents and guardians with information about this health issue. As you may be aware from recent media coverage, school age children are being impacted by a respiratory enterovirus. In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses because they do not have protection from previous exposures to these viruses. It appears that children with asthma are at higher risk; parents should be sure that children take their medications and receive the influenza vaccine. If symptoms of your child’s asthma worsen, contact your pediatrician.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests the following guidelines to prevent being infected by an enterovirus:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
• Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone
in the home is sick.
Quincy Public School nurses and staff are knowledgeable about this health concern and the above suggestions will be reinforced at school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse.
Additional information from the CDC can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html