Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness. While the virus can be detected year round, flu viruses commonly spread more between October and May. Peak flu activity occurs between December and January. Children younger than 5 years of age are at high risk for serious complications from the flu. Flu symptoms can be mild to severe and may include:
fever (usually high), cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

The best way to prevent the flu
is to get an annual flu vaccine.

To prevent the spread of flu in child care, here are a few tips:
  • Encourage staff and families to get the flu shot.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water.
  • Cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. (Click here to download a "Cover Your Cough" poster.)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Open windows often throughout the day.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Get plenty of rest and eat healthy foods.

If you have questions about the flu, want to know if children should be excluded, or have an unusually high number of children or staff who are ill, please give our program a call at 425.252.5415. We would love to be of assistance.

Want to know more about influenza,
take this month's new distance learning class.