- It is a respiratory (lung) infection that is caused by a virus.
- It is NOT a common cold.
Children with Influenza may return to school 5-7 days from the start of symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- High fever
- Muscle aches
- Fatigue (over tired)
Spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing or by direct contact with articles used by the infected person.
Treatment & Prevention
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and not to share food, drink or eating utensils with others. (teach your children this)
- It is important to wash your hands with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, wiping a nose, eating or before preparing food.
- Stay a home if you are not feeling well. Keep your child at home if they are not feeling well. This will help stop the spread of influenza to others.
- If your child has a fever greater than 39°C or if symptoms continue to persist, contact your doctor.
There is also an influenza vaccine that can help prevent you from getting the virus.
Influenza is a reportable disease and must be reported to the Local Medical Officer of Health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.