Key Facts about Influenza

We have seen some confirmed cases of flu over the last couple of  week, please be aware.

What is influenza (also called flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.

Signs and symptoms of flu:

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Period of contagiousness

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

Preventing seasonal flu: Get vaccinated

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. Flu vaccine is usually available from September. Flu vaccine takes 2 weeks to become effective.

Please remember all students, staff and family members with a temperature of 38 or higher, vomiting or diarrhea should remain at home until they have been fever free, without medication, vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours.

Many thanks,
School Health Centre

 

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

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