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Help Reduce the Spread of Flu

Here are a few things you can do to help:  

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer. You can set a good example by doing this yourself. 
  • Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food, or unwashed utensils and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Coughs and sneezes may be covered using the elbow, arm, or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
  • Do not send children to school if they are sick. This includes children with a fever of 100 degrees F (37.8 degrees C) or greater and a cough and/or a sore throat.  Children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
  • Also know all the signs and symptoms of the flu. These symptoms may include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
  • Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, without using fever-reducing drugs.  Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
  • Seek emergency care for your child if he or she has trouble breathing; bluish or gray skin color; severe or persistent vomiting; sudden dizziness or confusion; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; or if symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
  • Parents whose children have a pre-existing health condition should always notify their doctor if their child develops flu symptoms.  Some doctors may decide to give children with other ongoing health conditions an anti-viral medicine when they get the flu.


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