Influenza Information

Schools are a prime location for the flu virus to spread. It is hard to prevent kids from getting the flu this time of year for various reasons. The flu virus is spread by respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking.  Droplets can spread up to six feet away and land in the mouths or noses or people who are nearby. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose. 

  • Children are three times more likely to get sick with the flu
  • Children can pass the flu virus to others for a period of more than seven days after the symptoms start
  • On average, one-third of family members in families with school age children are infected with the flu each year.

The flu is different than a cold. Both a cold and flu are respiratory illnesses, however they are caused by different virus’s and have different symptoms.  The flu normally comes on suddenly.  An easy way to recognize the flu symptoms are to remember the FLU FACTS.

(Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness, and Sudden onset)

Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea are seen with children.

Complications of the flu virus can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Key points to remember:

Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water. You can set a good example by doing this yourself. Good hand hygiene is the first line of defense against the flu. Hand sanitizer is acceptable if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If they don't have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve, not their hands.

Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.

Don't send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are sick at school will be sent home. Keeping your child home when sick will allow them to rest and also allows you to monitor their health closely. Keeping your sick child home is the responsible thing to do. It protects fellow students and school staff, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.

Remember- if you are sick, please STAY HOME!  Please be vigilant of others and aware of the serious risk to students and staff when coming to school with flu-like symptoms. Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our schools healthy! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Mobile Dentist by Community Health Center

The School-Based Mobile Dental Program is offered here at Westbrook Public Schools for the benefit of the students.

In-School Services Provided

  • Screenings
  • Exams
  • Cleanings
  • X-Rays
  • Sealants
  • Oral Health Education

 The following fees/charges apply to Community Health Center, Inc.’s Mobile Dental Program:

  • For patients enrolled in HUSKY/Medicaid, services are 100% covered through Husky/Medicaid with no additional fees or charges.
  • For patients with private dental insurance, services are billed to insurance. Patient/Family is responsible for any deductible and/or co-pay.
  • For patients with no dental insurance the following fees apply:
  • $30 for Dental Hygiene visit (cleaning, x-rays, fluoride)
  • $18 per visit for exam by the Dentist
  • $25 per visit for sealants

Enrollment is accepted year around, and once enrolled it remains active until high school graduation. 

 In fact, if you move to another town where CHC provides school-based services, your enrollment will continue.

 To begin receiving services, please go to www.SBHC1.com  to sign up quickly and easily online!

Or print and complete the enrollment form found here. Please note all parts of this registration/enrollment form must be completed, signed and returned to the School Nurse or the School Main Office before your child can receive services:
Download the form in 
English or in Spanish

 For further information on getting a student enrolled or to un-enroll a student please contact:

Middlesex, New London & Meriden Areas

Alyson Gillissie

(860) 347-6971 ext. 5163

 Dental English.pdf  

 Dental Spanish.pdf