When to stay home.....

As you probably have heard the Flu epidemic has reached concerning levels!  We are asking for your help in keeping everyone healthy.

For the benefit of staff, parents and children in our programs we ask that if you or your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms to please stay at home.  Check out these FUN WEBSITES for kids

Influenza Symptoms
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills (Fever is defined as having a temperature of 100°F or higher taken under the arm, 101°F taken orally, or 102°F taken rectally.)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
PLEASE NOTE:  If you need to stay home and have registered for a CFCE Program, please take the time to contact the CFCE Program Facilitator or the Library where the program is taking place!  Thank you!
Check out below, some ONLINE activities you can do at home with your child (ren): 

Please check out these informational 
resources provided by the CDC

Flu vs Cold

Signs and Symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usual; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare
taken from:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm 
Help to Slow the Spread of the Flu
Help to Slow the Spread of the Flu

Thank you  for your attention to this matter.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me!


Mary  L. Donnellan, CFCE Program Director 
508-559-1666 x1808 
Funds for this program are provided by the MA Department of Early Education and Care's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant Program. For information about our program or to attend more of our activities please visit our website at www.selfhelpcpc.org or call our office at 508-559-1666.
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