Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu and Cold Season

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of February 6, 2015, despite declines in some key indicators, flu remains widespread across most of the country and severity indicators are still high.

National influenza-like-illness levels are declining slowly; at a regional level some parts of the country are seeing declines in activity while other parts of the country are seeing increases. According to the MDCH (Michigan Department of Community Health), Influenza (flu) activity remains at widespread levels in Michigan and across nearly all of the U.S.

Detroit Public Schools is taking a proactive approach to fighting colds and the flu in our schools. It is important to know the symptoms:

  • fever*
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It’s important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever. You can take some steps to stay healthy during these winter months.

Please use these tips to cut down your child’s risk of getting sick:

  • Encourage regular hand-washing with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not return to work or school until you are free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.

If your child comes down with the flu, watch carefully for signs of complications. Seek medical attention if your child has difficulty breathing, appears limp or extremely weak, is confused or does not respond, has a fever over 104 or a fever that lasts more than 48 hours, or a very dry mouth with no urine output for 8 hours. Call Children’s Hospital of Michigan Nurse Triage (313) 745-KIDS (313 745-5437) if you have any questions. Remember, children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

If you have questions about whether or not your child should attend school due to illness, please contact your child’s school. You can learn more about how to prevent the spread of the flu by visiting the CDC website.

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