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Flu Prevention Tips

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We are excited to be back and look forward to an amazing year. We are quickly approaching the 2018 flu season. That means it's time for vaccines. Are you ready for this season?

Stopping the flu is up to you. The flu is spread from person to person when someone who has the virus sneezes, coughs or talks. The flu virus can be inhaled by anyone close by. Occasionally, a person may become infected by touching something with the virus on it.  Make sure you get your vaccinations.

Symptoms of the flu include

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore thoat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Feeling feverish/chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.
 
While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Three-component vaccines contain an H3N2, an H1N1 and a B virus. Four component vaccines have an additional B virus component. This vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It has also has been shown to significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.

 

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October.

Flu Vaccination: Who Should Do It, Who Should Not

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/who-should-should-not-vaccinate.pdf
 

What You Should Know About Influenza (Flu) Antiviral Drugs

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/antiviral-factsheet-updated.pdf