Winter holiday time is when we love to visit with family and friends so let’s make sure we spread fun and not the flu.
Flu- short for Influenza- is different from a common cold, flu is caused by a different group of viruses and the symptoms tend to start more suddenly, be more severe and last longer.
You can catch flu all year round, but it’s especially common in winter, which is why it’s also known as “seasonal flu”.
What we need to know …
How serious is flu and what are the symptoms?
Flu illness can vary from mild to severe. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea in younger children. If your child has the flu and you are worried, take them to your family Doctor. If your child is showing any of the following emergency warning signs visit the emergency room.
Emergency warning signs
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin colour
Not drinking enough fluids or not passing urine
Fever with rash
Is there a medicine to treat flu?
Yes. Antiviral drugs may be prescribed to treat the flu, they can help shorten the illness and make the symptoms milder, and they work best when started within the first 2 days of the illness. Antiviral drugs are not always given and are usually only given to those who are very sick or in hospital.
How does flu spread?
Flu viruses are mainly spread by droplets made when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. We can also get the flu by touching something that has the flu virus on it and then touching our mouth, eyes or nose. People with flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick up to 5 to 7 days after.
It is important you stay at home for at least 24 hours after the fever has gone (should be 24 hours clear of fever with medication)
How can we prevent the spread of flu?
Take everyday precautions to help prevent the spread of germs
Avoid those that are sick
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Avoid touching yours eyes, nose and mouth
Clean all surfaces thoroughly
Always remember to wash your hands
The yearly flu vaccine can also be given. This is a personal choice if you decide to vaccinate yourself and your family, your Doctor will be able to help you decide.
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