Cold, flu, COVID, and RSV season

Notes from the nurse

The increased number of cases of flu, COVID, RSV and GI viruses are challenging! The Scotia-Glenville Central School District is providing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to help parents and community members become better informed about the virus and to help stop the spread. Let’s try to stay healthy together!

Here are some common sense precautions to share with your children to help prevent the spread of viruses:

  1. Stay up to date on vaccines, including flu and COVID-19.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands; sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  4. Stay home when sick or symptomatic.

If you have symptoms of COVID please get tested!

  • Home test kits are available in ALL health offices!
  • If someone tests positive they should remain isolated at home for five days AND
  • should wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask when in public indoor spaces on days 6-10.

RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious. Infants and older adults are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization. Vaccines are available to protect older adults from severe RSV. Monoclonal antibody products are available to protect infants and young children from severe RSV.

Click here for more information about Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV).