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Influenza (flu) is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. It can be mild, but is sometimes severe and at times can lead to death. It is not the same as the “stomach flu.”
Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, and body aches. These symptoms come on quickly and can be bad enough to keep you in bed for several days.
Your child may have been exposed to: Influenza (Flu)
Your child may have chills, body aches, fever, and headache. Your child may also have a cough, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat.
Illness may last up to 7 days.
If your child has been infected, it may take 1 to 4 days (usually 2 days) for symptoms to start.
• By coughing or sneezing.
• By touching contaminated hands, objects, or surfaces.
During the 24 hours before and up to 7 days after the illness begins.
Call your health care provider
• If anyone in your home has a high fever and a coughs.
Antibiotics do not work for illnesses caused by a virus, including influenza.
• Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Use a tissue or your sleeve. Dispose of used tissues in the trash.
• Wash hands after touching anything that could be contaminated with secretions from the nose or mouth. Your child may need help with handwashing.
• Do not share anything that goes into the mouth, such as drinking cups, straws, and water bottles.
• Clean and disinfect anything that comes in contact with secretions from the nose or mouth. Use a product that kills germs.
• Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone older than six months of age. Ask your health care provider about flu vaccine.