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.
- In accordance with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment regulations, each person with a case of influenza shall remain in home isolation (except to seek medical care) for 5 (five) days following onset of illness or until fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours, whichever is longer. All students with a case of influenza shall be excluded from school for at least 5 (five) days. Please contact the district nurse at 554-2200 with any questions.
If you would like more information about seasonal influenza, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by clicking HERE!