Precautions during cold and flu season

With the current cold and flu season, it is important to take precautions to stay healthy and practice proper measures to prevent acquiring and spreading the flu. Here are a few tips to help prevent the flu:

  * Avoid close contact with people who are sick or if you are sick

  * Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  * Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

  *Sneezing or coughing should always be covered, preferably into your elbow to keep germs off your hands

  * If you must go out in public while you or your child is sick, the sick person should wear a mask

Your child should stay home if they have a fever of 100.5 or higher without the use of medication.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that sick children stay home for at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone, without the use of medication. If your child has a fever at school they will be sent home.

Symptoms of the flu may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, difficulty breathing, body aches, headaches or fatigue. Anyone with symptoms should stay home until clear. Symptoms lasting more than a few days or fever starting days after the other symptoms may indicate complications and a medical provider’s advice should be considered.

A flu guide from the CDC is available for parents with additional tips.

Your help in preventing the spread of the flu is greatly appreciated.

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