Also known as the FLU, influenza is a common viral respiratory infection. It is not “stomach flu”, a term used by some to describe illnesses caused by vomiting or diarrhea. Symptoms include chills, body aches, fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose and a sore throat.
Contagious Period: during the 24 hours before and 7 days after the illness begins. Once exposure to the virus it may take 1-4 days for symptoms to start. Influenza is spread through the droplets of coughing, sneezing, touching of contaminated hands, objects or surfaces. If anyone in the home, especially children have a high fever and coughs a lot—Call your Health Care provider.
PREVENTION: COVER NOSE/MOUTH WHEN sneezing or coughing! Use a tissue or your sleeve and be sure to dispose used tissue.
HAND WASHING is the most effective prevention. Wash both front, back and be-tween the fingers. March is FLU Prevention Month.