Staying Healthy in Flu Season

If you or your child has flu-like symptoms or has been diagnosed with a flu-like illness, stay home and keep your children home! Staying home is the number one method of preventing the spread of the flu. Once exposed, you are a potential carrier and the likelihood that you will spread the illness is high. It is important that we protect everyone in our community by minimizing the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses.

Don’t have the flu and don’t want to get it? There are some simple health habits you can work into your life to minimize the chances of getting the flu.

Wash those hands
The flu virus can spread by direct contact, such as sharing drinks, or through indirect contact, such as when an infected coworker sneezes on her hands and touches an object like the lunchroom microwave door. The influenza virus can live for 2 to 8 hours on surfaces. During flu season, everyone should wash their hands frequently to reduce the risk of transmitting germs to others.

Cover your sneezes and coughs
When you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue (not your hands), and be sure to throw the tissue away immediately. You can also cough into your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue handy. Hand sanitizers can also help. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to keep germs away.

A Few More Suggestions . . .

  • – Children need to get plenty of sleep and physical activity, drink water, eat good/healthy food to help them stay healthy all year.
  • – Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth.
  • – Be sure to thoroughly cleanse surface areas with the disinfectant of your choice.
  • – And once again, WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY WITH SOAP AND WATER -DRY THOROUGHLY!!!

Is it a Cold or is it the Flu?

SYMPTOMS

Cold

Flu

Fever

Rare

Characteristic, high
(102-104 F); lasts 3-4 days

Headache

Rare

Prominent

General Aches, Pains

Slight

Usual; often severe

Fatigue, Weakness

Quite mild

Can last up to 2-3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion

Never

Early and prominent

Stuffy Nose

Common

Sometimes

Sore Throat

Common

Sometimes

Chest Discomfort, Cough

Mild to moderate

Common; can become severe hacking cough

 

Thank you and let’s stay healthy.