Let’s talk about some basic ways you can avoid the flu this season. Here are some facts from the CDC:
The Flu Is Contagious
Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than seven days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that 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. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.
Avoiding the Flu for Parents and Caretakers
Sounds simple doesn’t it? We typically wash before eating. But do you wash after visiting a play park with other children are present? How about after daycare or school? Or after church?
It used to be in days past, if you were sick, you didn’t go out. But times have changed, and people push themselves to get out of the house, like bringing them to a fast food indoor playground so they can get a break.
Sneezing and Coughing
If you are sick, be sure to sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue. Don’t cough or sneeze over people or toys. And if it does happen, be sure to disinfect surfaces.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
This is where many people end up re-infecting themselves or others. Stomach virus (which can involve vomiting, diarrhea or both) continue to shed for 10 days in the stool. If you have a stomach bug at your house, be vigilant in wiping down all surfaces including toilet handles. Sanitize toothbrushes after an illness. Parents who get the illness should avoid preparing food; it’s another way that the illness can be passed on.
If you’re not sure whether your child has the cold or flu, please schedule an appointment today with Dr. Meenakshi Hari of Sun Pediatrics. Dr. Hari is eager to take your call and answer your questions. Don’t wait any longer.
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