Influenza (flu) is respiratory illness that is contagious and caused by influenza viruses. Flu season can vary and may start as early as October and continue through as late as May. However, we usually see it peak between December and February. Certain groups of people are at high risk for serious complications of the flu including older people, young children and people that have certain health conditions. Each year there is an immunization for influenza (flu) that helps to prevent infection. Click on the link below for an easy to read chart that outlines the difference between a common cold and the flu. If you would like more information on influenza (flu) you may also find the information provided by the CDC helpful; just click on the link below.
1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too!
2. Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from school when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Cough into your elbow to prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you and others from germs.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods. Also, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs and light switches, especially if someone is sick.