While there is no indication of an increase in flu activity in any Palm Beach County school, it is still important to take precautions to stay healthy and practice proper measures to prevent acquiring and spreading the illness during the flu season.
The Palm Beach County Health Department works directly with District schools to educate schools while also monitoring for any possible signs of flu incidents on campus.
Here are imporant tips to help you and your family Teach the Flu a Lesson:
- Get yourself and your family vaccinated! Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine.
This fall, more than 13,000 students and staff were vaccinated at school sites. But if you have yet to be vaccinated, it's not too late! Immunization nurses are still available with flu vaccine through the Health Department’s Health Centers, pharmacies and stores throughout the county. Click here to find a location for a flu shot near you.
- Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of flu viruses. Avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often (with soap and water).
- If you become sick, limit contact with others as much as possible, and stay home if you are ill.
- Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Take antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illnesses. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They can also prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that antiviral drugs be used early to treat people who are very sick with flu and people who are sick with the flu in addition to being at high risk of serious flu complications, either because of their age or because they have a high risk medical condition.
To learn more about flu prevention, visit the Florida Department of Health’s FluFreeFlorida.com.