Flu viruses can spread by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. A person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
With the flu, some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:
- Fever or felling chills (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
- Cough/ Sore Throat/ Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches/ Headaches/ Fatigue
- Vomiting and diarrhea are more common in young children
How long is the flu contagious?
According to the CDC website:
- People with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins.
- Healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.
- Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.
According to the CDC, the first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccine each year.
Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death.
Things YOU can do to PREVENT the spread of GERMS
- Teach kids how to wash their hands properly with soap and water!!
- Before eating
- After touching nose/mouth/eyes
- After blowing nose/coughing/sneezing
- After using the bathroom
- Teach your children to cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue.
- After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
The best thing you can do is keep your children home when sick.
This will help stop the spread of illness to other children and teachers.
Keep them home when they show any of these symptoms:
- fever of 100 degrees F or higher
- vomiting, nausea and/or diarrhea
- headache and chills
- red, watery eyes with yellow drainage
- sore throat, lack of appetite or fatigue
Children should stay home until they have been naturally without fever for at least 24 hours.
Please DO NOT give children fever-reducing medication and then send them to school.