We face the flu season every year. Please focus on helping your family stay healthy.How do you do this?1. Wash your hands frequently.
2. Cover your coughs and sneezes.3. Stay home when you are sick, keep your child home from school when they are sick.4. Do Not send your children to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication.
What are the symptoms of flu?
People with flu often have:
- Sore throat.
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Body aches.
- Fatigue (tiredness).
- Some people may have vomiting or diarrhea, though this is more common in kids than adults.
If you or someone you know has these symptoms and they are severe, contact your doctor, nurse, or clinic as soon as possible.
How does flu spread?
The flu spreads easily from person to person by coughing and sneezing. The flu can spread to others before a person knows they're sick. Adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick. Kids can spread the virus for 10 or more days.Additional ResourcesQ & A Regarding Influenza: Washington State Department of Health.The Flu Vaccine: Q & A: Tacoma - Pierce County Health DepartmentFlu Guide for Parents: Center for Disease Control (CDC)