Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

Reducing the spread of influenza

To reduce the spread of influenza, parents are advised to heed the following recommendations: 

  1. Vaccinate your family against Influenza, if you haven’t already. It is not too late to receive the vaccine. The CDC recommends the vaccine for all persons age 6 months or older.
  2. Monitor your family for flu-like symptoms such as: Fever or feeling feverish/ chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness), or vomiting and diarrhea particularly in children.
  3. Don’t delay in contacting your child’s doctor if they are showing flu-like symptoms.
  4. Keep your child home if they are sick. Students should stay home as advised by their physician and until they are fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Note that fever must be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  5. Reinforce with your child the importance of frequent proper hand washing, covering their cough or sneeze, and avoidance of touching their eyes, nose and mouth.