COLD versus FLU
This time of year, we typically see an increase of students that are out ill. Many have symptoms of cold or flu, which are respiratory illnesses that are commonly treated in the winter. Often, it can be hard to tell which your child may be affected by. Per the CDC, influenza tends to be much more worrisome than a cold – it is usually much more severe. The chart below can help you determine cold versus flu.
The best way to prevent the flu is to obtain a vaccine. It may not be too late for you and your family to obtain the flu vaccine – check with your primary care provider today!
Controlling Influenza Among Children:
A 1-2-3 Approach
Did you know that children are two to three times more likely than adults to get the flu? That’s one in three children in the U.S. affected by the virus each year. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is recommending a three-step approach to flu prevention.
1) VACCINATION: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent flu is to get a vaccine, especially during October and November when rates start to rise. Rates peak in January through March. You can obtain a flu vaccine locally: In El Dorado Hills, the first will be held September 30th, 1PM-4PM at the Fire Station 85, 1050 Wilson Blvd., EDH. In Cameron Park, the first will be held on October 23rd, 1PM-4PM at the Fire Station 89, 3200 Country Club Dr., CP. To review when additional clinics are held, or for other clinics elsewhere in EDC, go online: http://www.edcgov.us/PublicHealth/Immunizations/Flu_Clinics.aspx
2) ANTIVIRAL MEDICATION: Prescription antiviral medication (like TAMIFLU, oseltamivir) is for flu treatment and sometimes prevention in both adults and children. If a child has been around someone who has the flu, a doctor may be able to prescribe antiviral medication to prevent it BUT, this medication must be given within the first 12-48 hours of exposure to the virus.
3) GOOD HYGIENE: Practicing good hygiene: Washing hands with soap and warm water at least 20 seconds; Cover mouths and noses with tissues when sneezing or coughing, Avoid sharing drinks, silverware and pencils.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE INFLUENZA VIRUS, VISIT WWW.CDC.GOV/FLU
This program is sponsored by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and supported by an educationalgrant from Roche.