FLU: One Bad Bug!
Prevention – Everyday Actions to Stop the Spread of Influenza
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Persons confirmed to have influenza should stay home for five days following onset of symptoms or until fever free for 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medications), whichever is longer, per Kansas requirement . According to CDC, persons with influenza are considered infectious for 5-7 days after becoming sick.
- If sick with other febrile respiratory illnesses, stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone without using fever-reducing medicine.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective when soap and water is unavailable.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Flu and Children
Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about your child’s illness. If your child is 5 years or older and does not have long-term health problems and gets flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough, consult your doctor as needed. Children younger than 5 years of age – especially those younger than 2 years – and children with certain long-term health problems (including asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system), are at high risk of serious flu complications. Call your doctor or take your child to the doctor right away if they develop flu symptoms.