Influenza spreads readily from person to person in schools, workplaces and homes. Everyone over 6 months of age should get the annual flu vaccine to prevent sickness, 不必要的医疗访问, 住院治疗, 还有死于流感.
Two doses of flu vaccine may be needed for children ages 6 months to 9 years. Contact your health care provider or pharmacy for advice. The CDC recommends flu shots for all persons ages 6 months and older especially those at risk for complications (pregnant women, 人患有哮喘, diabetes and other chronic conditions).
People should get vaccinated now, as soon as the vaccine is available from their healthcare provider or pharmacy – protection lasts throughout the flu season.
- 打流感疫苗. Links to information about where you can get a 流感 Shot are listed on the right.
- Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner, especially after 咳嗽ing or sneezing.
- Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, 食物或餐具, and to use a tissue over their nose and mouth for 咳嗽s and sneezes, 不是他们的手. They should avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth-germs spread this way
The flu vaccine is available at many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies for those who have insurance or are able to pay for vaccination.
- Fever (a temperature of 100 degrees F/ 37.8 C or greater as measured by a thermometer) or signs of fever (chills, 感觉很温暖, having a flushed appearance or sweating)
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. 症状包括: Check your children before school and keep them home for flu symptoms for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications (medicines that contain Tylenol or Ibuprofen).
Children at school with flu symptoms will be sent home. 也, people at greater risk for complications should call their health care provider right away if they become sick to find out if they should take anti-viral medication.
Please update your contact and emergency contact numbers at your child's school and plan to pick up a sick child within the hour. Parents are advised to arrange for childcare now in case your child becomes ill and is unable to attend school.
To better track flu illness rates, 当你报告缺席时, please tell your school if your student has "flu-like symptoms" (fever, 咳嗽, 喉咙痛, 身体疼痛, 发冷).
- Make Sure Your Child is Protected
- What 家庭 and Pregnant Women Need to Know
- Clinics - Seattle King County Public Health
- 流感.gov - U.S. 卫生部 & 人类服务
- Your child and the flu - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Children, the 流感, and the 流感疫苗 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- 学校的信息 & 照顾孩子 Providers - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)