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Receiving the flu vaccine is of utmost importance and is the primary way to avoid catching the flu.
Staying home from work or school means just that - staying home. Don't go to the gym, to the mall or to other public places. If you keep your child home from school, your child should stay at the house.
Please do not take sick children to dance class, football practice, the YMCA, Scouts, or any other extracurricular activities where illness can be spread among children. Make sure you have a back-up childcare plan in case your child's day care or school closes due to the flu.
Keep in mind that you can be contagious the day before you experience any flu symptoms. You continue to be contagious as long as you are symptomatic. That's why staying home is so important to prevent the spread of the flu viruses.
When washing hands with soap and water:
Remember: If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands.
When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov)
Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!
Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza are spread by:
To help stop the spread of germs, knowing the proper way to cough/sneeze is important:
Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.
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