Flu is widespread in the state of Georgia and across the country right now. Flu season usually peaks in late January in our area; however, flu season is unpredictable and flu activity can last into the spring which means it is not too late to get a flu shot. Getting a flu shot is the best protection against the flu. Flu vaccine is available at county health departments, doctor’s offices, and other locations. Anyone who has not yet gotten vaccinated is encouraged to get a flu shot.
In addition to getting vaccinated against the flu, there are several things we can all to do prevent the spread of germs, including influenza virus:
· If your child gets sick with flu-like illness, keep him or her home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medications. It is important to note that for SCCPSS students, SCCPSS policy will be the determining factor for the date/time that a student may return to school. Please share this with your healthcare provider.
· Avoid close contact with sick people.
· Try to cough or sneeze into the corner of your elbow and not your hand or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
· Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
· Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu (door knobs, desk surfaces, computer keyboards, etc.)
· If you are caring for a sick individual at home, keep them away from common areas of the house and other people as much as possible. If you have more than one bathroom, have the sick person use one and well people use the other. Clean the sick room and the bathroom once a day with household disinfectant. Thoroughly clean linens, eating utensils, and dishes used by the sick person before reusing.
Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. If you think your child has the flu, call or visit your healthcare provider.
You can get more information on the flu and flu vaccine at cdc.gov/flu.