Getting ready for Flu Season by Angie Anderson, RN, Head Nurse

Getting ready for Flu Season by Angie Anderson, RN, Head Nurse
Posted on 10/16/2017
Photo of Nurse Angie AndersonFlu season is coming soon. The flu (influenza) is an infection that causes fever, chills, cough, body aches, headaches, and sometimes sinus symptoms. The flu is caused by a virus. This virus is spread by little droplets from a person’s mouth or nose when coughing, sneezing or laughing. It can also spread by droplets on surfaces that you touch with your hands.


Here are the best ways to protect yourself and your family.
· Health experts recommend that all people age 6 months and older get the flu vaccine each year. The vaccine can protect you from not getting the flu at all or having mild symptoms if you do get the flu. Certain people are at higher risk of problems from the flu: pregnant women, children younger than age 5, people older than age 65, people with chronic health conditions, such as asthma and diabetes.
· Wash your hands often, especially before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. If you don’t smell soap on your hands, it may be time to wash them again.
· Keep your hands away from your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Recommendations for good health:
· Eat 5 fruits and vegetables per day
· Consume 3 cups of dairy per day
· Eat 5 ounces of lean protein per day
· Eat 6 ounces of whole grains per day
· Get 8 hours of sleep per night

Stay home from work and school for:
· Fever- Temperature of 100.4 or over. Students need to stay home for 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal without the help of fever-reducing medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
· Diarrhea- three or more loose or watery stools in a 24 hour period, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home 24 hours after the last watery stool.
· Vomiting- Two or more times in the last 24 hours, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home 24 hours after the last time they vomited.
· Rash- of unknown origin or those known to be contagious such as ringworm, impetigo, or scabies. Students may return to school as soon as treatment has begun.
· Eyes- that are draining mucous or pus or that have unusual redness, itchiness or pain not due to injury or allergy