The Florida Department of Health reports that “flu” activity levels have increased significantly over the last several weeks. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness.
It is especially important that parents keep sick children at home to prevent spreading the flu virus to others. Additional flu prevention steps include staying away from people who are sick, covering sneezes or coughs with a tissue or your elbow, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and frequent handwashing.
If your child becomes sick with flu-like illness, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.
Symptoms of the flu often include: Fever, Cough, Sore throat, Runny nose, Body aches, Headaches, or Fatigue.
It is important to contact your health care provider if you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms; and follow your doctor’s guidance on treatment.