Battling Strep Throat, Influenza and other Viral Infections

According to Dr. Mack, with Capital Care Berne, their office has been seeing an increased number of flu cases. These cases range in people of all ages.  

If your student has a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, or frequent cough please keep them home to rest for at least 24 hours after these symptoms have resolved. 

Also, if your child has been given an antibiotic from their doctor, they need to stay home for 24 hours after beginning the medication.

If your child is diagnosed with the flu or strep throat, please contact the school and let us know. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Health Offices.
Elementary School: 518-872-2030
Secondary School: 518-872-1482

You may also visit and for further information.

Please encourage frequent hand washing, no sharing food or drinks, and keep his/her hands away from their face.  This will reduce the spread of germs. 

Symptoms of Strep Throat, Influenza and other Viral Infections may include:

Fever, chills, congestion, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, cough, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Tips to alleviate symptoms:

Hydrate!  Be sure to drink enough fluids like water, Gatorade and juice.

Stay Home! Rest is a great way to help the body fight infection. 

Humidify!  Moist air helps ease congestion and sore throat.  Indulge in a steamy shower or use a steam vaporizer or a humidifier.  A warm compress to the forehead and nose can help headache and sinus pain.

Gargle!  Gargling with salt water helps get rid of the thick mucus that can collect at the back of the throat. 

Medicate!  Alternating Tylenol and Ibuprofen every 4 hours can help with fever and body aches/pain.  Take according to doctor or package recommendations.  Remember, if medication is required during school hours we must have a doctor’s order and written parent permission on file in the Nurse’s Office.  Even for over-the-counter medications.

Also check out this handy flu infographic (PDF).