Now that school is in full swing, the flu season is just around the corner. You can help protect your family by following a few simple steps.
- The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot!
- Remember the three Cs: Cover your cough, clean your hands, and contain the illness by staying home when you are sick.
- Stay at home for 24 hours once your fever is gone.
If/when your child becomes ill with a fever of more than 100 degrees and has a cough and/or sore throat, he or she has what is called an “influenza-like illness,” or ILI.
When you call to report that your child will be staying home, it is important that you tell the school nurse this information. The nurse will be passing that information along to the Health Department. For the purposes of this report, personal information will not be sent to the Health Department.
This, along with information gathered from hospital emergency rooms and local testing laboratories, provides a true picture of flu activity in your school and in the community.
You can find more flu information including a weekly flu report starting Oct. 14 by visiting the Health Department’s website. You can also keep up by finding us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.