CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.
In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others.
News about the 2016-17 Influenza Season can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2016-2017.htm , www.texasflu.org and www.immunizetexas.com.
Teach Your Children Healthy Habits:
- Cough and sneeze into a sleeve or elbow, not hands.
- Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after toileting and before eating.
- Use a hand sanitizer if water is not available. Children need coaching (rub and scrub all surfaces for 20 seconds) on proper handwashing until about 8 years of age.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Keep your child home if they are sick with the flu. Keep them home for at least 24 hours after they are fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications).
- Signs of the Flu are:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills.
- Sore throat.
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Muscle or body aches.
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.