The flu virus causes symptoms such as: fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches and sometimes runny nose and sneezing. To prevent the spread of any type of flu, here are some ways to protect you and your family from getting sick:
- If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home. Do not send sick children to school.
- The single most important way to stay healthy and prevent the spread of germs is through frequent hand washing
- Hand washing should be done: after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; after using the bathroom; after changing a diaper; after being near someone who is ill; after touching items handled by many people; after using public restrooms; and after handling garbage.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds; teach children to wash as long as it takes them to sing their ABCs, or "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or the "Happy Birthday" song two times.
- Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
- Teach children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues (throw the tissue in the trash after you use it) or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth since germs spread this way.
- Teach children to stay at least three feet away from people who are sick, avoiding any close contact.
- Get the flu shot if you have not done so already. The vaccine is recommended for all people over the age of 6 months. Click here for clinic locations.
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