Lots of folks are talking – and asking questions – about the flu. The Georgia Department of Public Health reminds us that “flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person,” and they can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and – sometimes – diarrhea and vomiting.
Not all symptoms are required – for instance, not everyone has a fever!
The DPH recommends that if you think you or your child has the flu, you should call or visit your doctor – and reminds us that it’s not too late to get a flu shot! In any case, if you or your child is sick, healthcare officials recommend you stay home from work or school.
Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.
We know you are taking extra precautions – our school staff members and bus drivers are taking care, too. If your child’s school or teacher asks for donations of anti-bacterial wipes or other supplies and you can support those efforts, know that they are grateful!
Other things you can do to help prevent the spread of flu – “tried and true measures your mother taught you,” as the DPH puts it – include the following:
- If you or your child is sick, stay home from work or school. Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.
- Be sure you are frequently and thoroughly washing your hands with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gels are the next best thing if you don’t have access to soap and water.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm.
- Avoid touching your face as flu germs can get into the body through mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
Here are more links to solid information:
- Georgia DPH – https://dph.georgia.gov/
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – https://www.cdc.gov/flu/
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – https://www.choa.org/medical-services/wellness-and-preventive-care/flu/flu-health-update
Click here to download and/or print a graphic from the CDC (below) that can help distinguish a cold from the flu.