Flu season has officially begun, so I wanted to give you a little educational email with some information that I thought you would find useful.
Healthy adults and children can easily get sick from the flu. Every year, the flu infects up to 20% of Americans and hospitalizes many. We need to start off the season right by taking care of ourselves. That starts with eating healthy, exercising, getting our daily vitamins and minerals, and taking care of ourselves when we begin to feel the onset of illness.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses.
Symptoms may include:
- onset of fever
- dry cough
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle aches
- extreme tiredness
- In children, we may see vomiting and diarrhea
Influenza needs to be taken very seriously especially in the childcare settings as children are more susceptible to the complications associated with the flu.
Measures to avoid the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home from work or school when you are sick until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to reduce the spread of germs
- Get the flu vaccination (it is said to reduce the risk of flu-associated death by nearly two-thirds among healthy children)
If you get the flu:
- Stay home and rest
- Drink plenty of fluids (a common complication is dehydration)
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands often
- Visit your doctor as soon as possible and follow his instructions
- If your symptoms get worse, seek medical attention as complications can arise
- Don't give children aspirin because of the risk of Reye's Syndrome, an acute and potentially life-threatening condition that happens when children take any product containing aspirin during certain viral illnesses
If you would like more information, visit www.TexasFlu.org or call the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Unit at (800)252-9152. Thank you for doing your part in preventing the influenza disease at work, home, and in the community!
Hope you have a great day! 😊
Ashley Welborn, BSN, RN
Wild Peach Elementary School Nurse
(979)799-1700 X 5010