Influenza "Flu" Fact Sheet for Parents
What is Influenza (“Flu”)? Influenza (“Flu”) is a contagious, viral illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and vomiting. How does Flu spread? The Flu spreads when people who are sick with the Flu cough, sneeze, or talk. The Flu virus can spread to people up to six feet away. Flu can also spread when people touch their face or eyes after touching something that a sick person has touched. How to prevent the Flu?
1. Get vaccinated – Find SC DHEC vaccines sites HERE
2. Take everyday preventive actions: a) Avoid close contact with ill persons b) Keep your child home if they have a fever (100 degrees or higher) c) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze d) Frequently wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub e) Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that are high-touch areas 3. Take influenza antiviral medicines, if prescribed. There are four influenza antiviral medicines currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are Rapivab, Relenza, Tamilflu, and Xofluza. (Source: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/influenza-flu-antiviral-drugs-and-related-information)