What is the flu?
- An infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus
How serious is the flu?
How is the flu spread?
- Flu can be very dangerous for children of all ages especially children with long term health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, weak immune systems, etc.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
- Flu virus spreads through droplets made from sneezes and coughs of those who have the flu
How can you protect your child from the flu?
- Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea
- The main difference between the flu and a cold is fever (flu produces high fevers of 100 and greater)
What to do if your child is sick?
- Vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting your child from the flu
- Caregivers of children should also be vaccinated
- Encourage your child to cover their coughs and sneezes
- Avoid being around people who are sick
- Encourage your child to practice frequent hand washing
- Discourage your child from touching their eyes, nose and mouth
- Keep sick persons in the house in a separate room from others if possible
When can your child return to school?
- Consult your child's doctor
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest
- Make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids
- Seek immediate care if your child: has trouble breathing, has bluish or gray skin, is not making enough urine (especially if they are not keeping enough fluids down), not waking up or interacting, is irritable to the point that he/she does not want to be held, etc.
- If your child is sick then keep him/her home to prevent the spread of illnesses
- Children can return back to school once they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, etc.
Last Modified on March 6, 2015