Mount Laurel Hartford School

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397 Hartford Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  |  P: 856-231-5899  |  F: 856-222-1221

Hartford Health Office

Attendance Line: 856-231-5899, option 2
Welcome to the Nurse's Office Web Page
Lisa Doulong, School Nurse
 

Lisa Doulong, RN, CSN
Certified School Nurse

Sarah Mervine, RN
Part-time School Nurse

Janet LeBreton, Health Office Aide
    
 

The flu vaccine will keep you healthy and ready to enjoy the tricks & treats of Halloween. The little word ‘flu’ may sound like a treat, but it is definitely a ‘trick.’

Get your vaccine, wash hands frequently, practice cough & sneeze etiquette, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, contact your healthcare provider within 48 hours if illness develops, and stay home when ill.

Free Children’s Flu Clinics: Nov 3, 4p-6:30pm Moorestown Mall, Route 38

Jan 5, 9:30-11:30am  Burl County Health Dept, 15 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton

Say boo to the flu!

HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INFLUENZA AND A “COLD”

Learn the differences between influenza and the common cold. Call your healthcare provider right away if influenza is suspected in the family to see what treatment is needed.

People sometimes call gastroenteritis the “flu” or “stomach flu.” It is not the same as seasonal influenza, which is a respiratory infection. However children, more commonly than adults, may complain of stomach aches with seasonal influenza. More information about gastroenteritis can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001298/.

The following chart highlights information from CDC and can help you compare symptoms of the common cold and seasonal influenza.

                              Influenza Symptoms                                                   Cold Symptoms

Onset                           Sudden                                                                        Gradual

Fever                           High                                                                            None to low grade

Fatigue                         Severe                                                                          Mild

Cough                          Severe                                                                          Mild to Moderate

Throat                          Sore                                                                             May be sore

Headache                     Achy                                                                            None

Appetite                       Decreased                                                                   May be decreased

Muscles                       Achy                                                                            No aches

Chills                           Yes                                                                              None

Stuffy nose                    Sometimes                                                                  Common

Complications              Bronchitis/Pneumonia                                                        Earache/

                                                                                                                          Sinus infection

Prevention                   Annual vaccine                                                            Good hygiene

Treatment                    Antiviral drugs in 24-48 hrs                                         Symptomatic relief