Flu season is upon us. Flu symptoms start suddenly. Symptoms of the flu include fever, feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue. Some children may have vomiting and diarrhea as well. It is important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
The following healthy habits are effective ways to prevent disease.
1. Hand washing: Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent disease.
2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially before eating and after using the toilet.
3. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
4. Rest and Sleep: Sleep deprivation has an adverse effect on immune function. According to American Academy of Pediatrics, children between 6 and 12 years old are recommended to sleep 9 to 11 hours daily to promote optimal health.
5. Good respiratory Etiquette: Practice good respiratory etiquette, like covering nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or a shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available) and dispose of tissues properly. Wash your hands after using a tissue.
6. Flu Vaccination: Talk with your child's pediatrician and consider getting a flu vaccine. According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccination can reduce risks of flu illness and even if you still get sick, flu vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness.
We hope our students and families stay healthy throughout the flu season.