February 11, 2020—Flu season is here and Shaker Heights Schools offers this information from Keep Flu out of School, an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and directed by the National Association of School Nurses:
Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. You have the power to protect yourself and your family this season with these three actions to fight the flu.
- Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated!
- Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, medicine, called antiviral drugs, can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
Please note: When students are ill, please keep them at home until they are fever free (without medication) for 24 hours. If you believe your student has the flu, please contact your pediatrician.
Learn more from the CDC about preventative actions you can take to fight flu and what to do if you get sick.