- Flu season typically runs October to May with the majority of cases diagnosed December through March.
- INFLUENZA can be spread from coughing, sneezing, or by touching an object that has been coughed or sneezed on.
- Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 days after exposure.
- Flu symptoms can include a sudden onset of headache, fever, chills, cough, sore throat and body aches.
- The usual treatment for the flu includes: rest, liquids, and over-the-counter medicine (Tylenol/Acetaminophen). Aspirin should NOT be given to children due to the possibility of causing a complication called Reye Syndrome. If your child does not respond to Tylenol to reduce fever, call your doctor.
The MOST EFFECTIVE WAY to prevent flu and the spread of germs is WASHING YOUR HAND FREQUENTLY!
- Encourage your child and your entire family to wash their hands with soap and water after coughing and sneezing, before and after eating, before and after using the bathroom, AND be sure to dry hands completely each time.
Please remember to do the following:
- If you are unable to wash your hands, use hand gel until you are able to wash your hands.
- Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes; this is how germs get in.
- Cover your cough and sneeze, it is preferable for you to cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow instead of your hand.
- Please be sure to clean all surfaces frequently with Clorox/Lysol wipes.
- If your child comes down with the flu, or you suspect they may have the flu: PLEASE keep them home and follow up with your child's physician.
- Stay home until you are symptom free and are fever free for 24-48 hours or until you have been cleared to return by your physician.
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