Dear Fayetteville Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those who I have not had the privilege to meet yet. My name is Brandi Daniel, and I am the nurse here at Fayetteville ISD. I joined the FISD family in August 2016. I have 11 years of experience as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, specializing in pediatric medicine and family practice. My goal as your nurse is to utilize my knowledge and skills to not only care for your children on a daily as needed basis, but also to ensure a safe environment, and medical emergency preparedness.
CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.
|Signs and Symptoms||Influenza||Cold|
|Fever||Usual; lasts 3-4 days||Rare|
|Aches||Usual; often severe||Slight|
|Chest discomfort, cough||Common; can be severe||Mild to moderate; hacking cough|