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Health Centre Report

We had a lot of flu-like illness in the school before exeat weekend which seems to be improving now as we get into the warmer weather. If your daughter is unwell she should be kept home until she has been completely well for 24 hours. The cold and flu season is not over yet!

With the influenza (or similar) viruses around at the moment, once there has been no fever for 24 hours it is fairly safe to say the infectious period is over. This does not mean it is safe to return to school as it can take a few days to be fully well and recovered. There is a risk of a secondary bacterial infection if care is not taken.

Most of us know what a cold is but often I hear girls saying they have ‘the flu’. Usually it is not ‘the flu’ they have but a viral illness that may be worse than a head cold but is usually much less severe than influenza – the real ‘flu’ which comes on very quickly with high fever, aching muscles, sore throat and increased congestion, sometimes cough, headaches and often nausea and vomiting.

Those who have had the flu vaccine and succumb to the circulating viruses seem to have less severe symptoms than those who have not – so I do highly recommend the flu vaccine for 2016!

Flu vaccine consent forms will be sent to you with other necessary school forms at the end of Term 4. Please return these well before Term 1, 2016 so they may be collated and preparations made.

I will be leaving Woodford early in Term 4 after almost seven years – a term short of accompanying some of the leaving class of 2015 right through from Year 7 to Year 13. It has been special to see these students right through (almost) their school journey and I have really enjoyed working with them.

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to every parent for entrusting me with your daughter’s care over this time. It has been a privilege to work with the girls and I am so grateful for everything they have taught me.

I wish you and your daughters all the very best that life has to offer and hope that your future time at Woodford is enjoyable and filled with valuable learning, much laughter and kindness.

Arohanui,

Ruby Wadeson, School Nurse