Is NOT the "kissing disease". It Is a virus that can be present in several different ways. Some will show sore throat and fever symptoms, while others will show fatigue and stomach aches. It is easily transmitted when student share drinks and water bottles. The incubation period is about 6 weeks from exposure to development of symptoms. It is important to seek care especially if there is pain or tenderness in the abdomen. Athetes are especially at risk for a ruptured spleen.
Pertussis or "Whooping Cough"
This is a disease that is seeing increased numbers in our state and it is preventable by a mandatory vaccine, the Tdap. There have recently been cases of pertussis diagnosed in the southern part of the state. Please see the link to Channel 9 News from November 14, 2011.
ILI-Influenza Like Illness
This is when your child has a fever greater than 100.4, sore throat, and body aches. Your child should be kept home until 24 hours have passed after the fever has broken.
Strep Throat- This can be viral, which does not require any medication or bacterial. The doctor can best tell by doing a throat culture. Students should not be in school if they have a fever of 100 or higher.