What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
The flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
How long is a person with flu virus contagious?
The period when an infected person/child is contagious can start 1 day before symptoms develop and 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children might be able to infect others for an even longer time. Please talk to your Doctor about the flu vaccinations
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
When people sneeze or cough droplets can land in the mouths and noses of other people/children and cause others to become sick as well.
Despite its simplicity, hand cleaning is no laughing matter. The notion of hand washing is something most people learn about at a very young age . . . and yet many people just don’t do it. By not cleaning hands, people can get sick and spread their illnesses to others
Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when sick.
Children with flu need to stay home to prevent the spreading of it to other children. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Alta Glas (School nurse)