Together We Can Beat the Flu

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This flu season is one of the toughest California has seen in a while, and we are asking parents and all personnel to be extra careful to make sure our kids don’t get sick and stay healthy.

Last week, state health officials reported that 74 people younger than 65 died of influenza since October, up from 42 people in just one week.

We still haven’t reach the peak of the flu season, and some health officials are warning that the worst is yet to come. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, for the first year in more than a decade, every state except for Hawaii is grappling with an outbreak.

Here are some tips to ensure your family stay healthy this flu season:

  1. Get the flu vaccine. This is the first step in protecting yourself and your family.
  2. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Cover your sneeze/cough.
  4. Wash your hands.
  5. Stay home if you are sick.
  6. Avoid contact with sick people.

Keep your child at home if:

  • He or she has a temperature higher than 100 degrees.
  • He or she is throwing up or have diarrhea.
  • His or her eyes are pink and crusty.

Please make sure to call your doctor if your child:

  • Has a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.
  • Has been throwing up or has diarrhea for more than two days.
  • Has the sniffles for more than a week.
  • Has asthma symptoms after using asthma medicine.

If you do decide to keep your child home, please make sure to call the school to immediately report his or her absence, and make sure to bring a note from the doctor to school. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends the following everyday preventive actions.

For more information about the flu, visit the CDC website.