Flu Activity is increasing in Minnesota. Influenza, also called the flu, is a highly contagious respiratory virus of the nose and throat. It’s important to recognize signs and symptoms of the flu and keep your child home from school if they are ill. When calling the Attendance
Line please advise if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, and a cough, or has other respiratory symptoms.
What are the symptoms of influenza?
Influenza can come on very suddenly and usually includes a high fever with fatigue, body aches, headache, cough, sore throat, and a runny nose. Influenza is spread easily from person to person when someone who has it sneezes or coughs the virus passes into the air. People can also become infected by touching something, such as a hard surface or an object–with influenza virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
How can you prevent the flu?
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. You cannot get the flu by getting the flu shot. Some people do experience a mild reaction to the vaccine such as muscle aches and a fever for a day or two after receiving a flu vaccine. Keeping your hands away from your mouth, face and eyes and good hand washing are essential in helping to fight the flu, and present the spread of illness. It is still not too late to get a flu shot- Walgreens and/or CVS clinics has flu shots.
Complications of the Flu –
Go to the Emergency Room immediately if you notice:
-Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
-Severe or persistent vomiting.
-Flu-like symptoms that appear to get better, but then return with a fever and worsening