CSP Spotlight: Everyday Steps to Protect Your Child Against the Flu

Flu season is upon us, and there are some practical things you can do to help protect your child against the flu.

  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • If your child is sick with flu-like symptoms, try to keep him or her in a separate room from others in the household, if possible.
  • CDC recommends that your sick child stay home for at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever reducing medicine.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after it has been used.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs; including bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters and toys for children. Clean by wiping down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

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