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Fall respiratory illness season reminders

Colorado is seeing an increase in respiratory illnesses in children across the state.  As the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors these viruses spread more easily.  

There are actions we can continue to take to keep ourselves and our families healthy from all communicable diseases such as Colds, RSV, Flu and COVID-19.  

  1. Please stay home if sick  
    1. At least 24 hrs after you’ve had a fever, vomiting or diarrhea  (resolved without medications)
    2. If you have multiple symptoms such as coughing, congestion, aches, sore throat - stay home until they start to improve
    3. Follow the school guidelines for returning - students AND staff
  2. Get tested - testing is available for COVID, Flu and RSV
  3. Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene
    1. Cover your cough
    2. Dispose of tissues immediately
    3. Wash or sanitize your hands
  4. Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccines for Flu and COVID-19
  5. Consider wearing a mask indoors for added protection 

Quick Check Resource - Is it Allergies, Cold, Flu, COVID or RSV

Children’s Hospital Colorado has more detailed  information on symptoms, duration and treatment options here:  The Difference Between COVID-19, Cold, Flu and Other Bugs Affecting Kids

If your child is showing any of these signs it is important to call your provider:

  • Your child develops any complications such as an earache, sinus pain or pressure, or develops fever after the first two or three days.
  • Any fever lasting more than 3 days.
  • Your child is drinking much less or not urinating (peeing)
  • The cough lasts more than 3 weeks.


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