SEASONAL FLU information
Influenza symptoms often include fever, body aches, sore throat, cough, headache, and fatigue. (You do not have to experience all of these symptoms for it to be the flu).
Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older.
These everyday preventive actions can help slow the spread of colds and flu:
* Stay home when you are sick
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
* Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces often.