The single best way to prevent the flu is to use good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often which can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses. A flu shot and flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat and prevent the flu. Most important, remember to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting ill too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or forearm at the elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Washing your hands often and cleaning your work station or desk often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because germs often spread this way.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has notified the school district that any students or staff members diagnosed with influenza will need to be isolated for 7 days from the time of the onset of symptoms. If your child is diagnosed with the flu, or you are a staff member diagnosed with the flu, please check in with your school nurse to determine when it is appropriate to return to school.
If you would like more information about seasonal influenza, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by clicking HERE!