From The School Nurse – Flu Prevention
From the School Nurse;
It is that time of the year, the exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October.
CDC recommends three actions to fight the flu:
- The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccine each year
- If you get sick with the flu, your doctor may prescribed antiviral drugs. Early treatment is especially important in the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women. If your child is sick talk to your doctor early, get plenty of rest and drink fluids.
- Take preventative actions that may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses like the flu.
Spread: Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when a person with the flu, coughs, sneezes or talks. People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning day 1 before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.
Flu Symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, feeling tired, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
- If your child gets sick with flu-like symptoms, CDC recommends that the child stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- When sick limit contact with others as much as possible.
- Cover nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash hands with soap or water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand rub.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surface and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
- Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.
- Contact your school nurse with questions.
Visit www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm for more information.