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Preparing for “Wellness Week” - Staying Safe and Healthy

November 17, 2023 - The Columbus City Schools Health Services team would like to take a moment to provide an update on the current respiratory viral season and share tips on keeping all of us healthy through the holidays and upcoming winter months. 

Currently, the respiratory viral season is just beginning.  Cases of flu and RSV have been circulating at low levels but will likely increase throughout the winter months.  Students may become ill with respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, fever, and even shortness of breath. 

Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones healthy during our upcoming holiday season!

  • The flu shot is also now available and can be given alone or with the COVID-19 vaccine booster.  Please consider vaccinating the whole family for added protection this winter.  
  • Holiday traditions and time with family are important ways for all of us to recharge during wellness week.  As you celebrate, please consider these tips to stay safe and healthy:

    • Wash your hands frequently

    • Stay home if you are sick and/or have a fever

    • If you are at high risk for viral illness complications, consider safe distancing and/or wearing a mask if in a large gathering.  

As a reminder, if your student has symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat, headache, congestion, vomiting, or diarrhea, please keep them home and consult with their physician.  Staying home when sick lowers the risk of spreading infectious illness to others and their school community. 

We hope you enjoy Wellness Week and have an opportunity to recharge and spend quality time with family and friends.