Get your kids vaccinated for flu season early
The Public Health Foundation of Columbia County is encouraging parents to get the flu vaccine for their children early this school year to protect them from illness no matter when flu season strikes at a particular school, a press release from the foundation says.
Parents are also encouraged to teach their children to wash their hands with soap and water often, or use alcohol wipes; cover their nose and mouth when they sneeze or cough; avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth; and to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Signs of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuff nose, body and muscle aches, headaches and a feeling of being tired. Some people may feel nauseous, throw up or have diarrhea. Children are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu, along with pregnant women, adults over 65 and those with chronic medical conditions, the release adds.
If your child displays flu-like symptoms they should be kept home from school. If your child has difficulty breathing or breathes quickly, has a fever with a rash, or bluish colored skin, will not drink fluids, or will not interact or wake up, seek medical attention right away.
More information about where your child can get the flu vaccine can be found at www.flushot.healthmap.org.