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. If your child comes down with the flu, PLEASE keep them home.
- The usual treatment for the flu includes rest, liquids and over-the-counter medicine (e.g. acetaminophen [Tylenol]). Aspirin should not be given to children with influenza because of the possibility of causing a complication called Reye Syndrome. If your child does not respond to Tylenol to reduce fever, call your doctor.
The best way to prevent the flu: HANDWASHING! Encourage your child (and you too!) to wash hands with soap and warm water after coughing and sneezing, before and after eating, before and after using the bathroom AND dry hands.
YOU CAN DO THE FOLLOWING TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE FLU (AND GERMS):
- Washing hands often
- Cover or sneeze into bend of elbow instead of your hand
- Not touching your mouth, nose, or eyes (which, is how germs get in)
- Steering clear of people who are sick from the Flu
- Stay home until symptom free or until your doctor clears your student to return to school.
More Information: FLU.gov