Flu- A Guide for Parents

The flu is active in the community every winter. SFPS wants you to know what you can do to prevent the spread of the flu.

  • The flu is a virus that affects the nose, throat and lungs.
  • Symptoms can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue or sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
  • The flu can be very dangerous for young children and children of any age who have certain medical conditions.

Here are some simple things you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick:

  • Vaccination is recommended.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • If your child is sick, try to keep them in a separate room away from others.
  • Keep your sick child home for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication (except when seeking medical care).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing. Be sure to throw tissue in the trash right away.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol based hand-sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face. Germs are spread that way.
  • Clean and disinfect objects including bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters and toys.
If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine at school please contact your school nurse.

Flu Guide For Parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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