How can you and your family stay healthy in this extended flu season? And it’s not just the flu – the fall and winter seasons generally bring with them an increase in the viruses that can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and breathing problems. These include influenza (commonly known as the flu), noroviruses (commonly known as the stomach flu), and the common cold and enteroviruses (mild to severe respiratory illness).
Take the following simple actions that can help stop viruses from spreading at school and at home:
- Everyone should wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. In general, students and staff should wash hands after arriving at school, before touching food, after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after coming in from outside. Remember that alcohol-based sanitizers are not as effective against viruses as soap and water.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not with your hands.
- If you are sick, especially with fever, vomiting or diarrhea, please stay home and reduce the risk to others. Children with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home until the symptoms are gone and they have had no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours.
- Get vaccinated against the flu.
- Put up these posters in school to remind remind staff and students about the importance of hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
“Wash Your Hands” poster:
“Cover Your Cough” poster: