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Barbara Lucas

Barbara Lucas

barbara.lucas@lodi.k12.nj.us

(973) 478 - 8662 option 6

The Flu

Being sick with seasonal influenza is miserable.

January is one of the peak "flu season" months. Respiratory illnesses, in addition to seasonal influenza, are common this time of year- but there is a difference and you need to be prepared.

Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit and have diarrhea.

Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have diarrhea or fever. Keeping children with a fever or diarrhea at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected. Keep sick children away from sibling and other family members by making a sick room at home if possible.

Remember to be vigilant about hand washing. Encourage your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and cover their coughs and sneezes by using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is not available. Discourage your children from sharing personal items such as drinks and food.

It is not too late to vaccinate! Check Flu Vaccine Finder at www.flu.gov for a vaccine location near you.

 

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