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Nurse / Health

Flu Alert

As of January, Latvia has seen its first cases of the flu this season. Please read more about the flu below.

What is it? The flu is caused by influenza viruses (A or B) that can circulate throughout communities during the months of October through March.

How does it spread? The flu is transmitted from person-to-person when an infected person sneezes or coughs, or through direct contact (e.g. hand shaking, kissing on the cheek).

What are the symptoms of the flu? Symptoms are sudden and most often include: a high fever (>38.40C), chills, body aches, headache, dry cough and feeling very tired. Sometimes it can also include sore throat, and/or a runny nose. Remember though symptoms of the flu can vary from child to child.

What can we do to limit the spread of the flu?

  • Wash your hands often. Germs are spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his/her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home when you are sick! It is typical to stay home and rest until symptom free for 24 hours. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too (e.g. don’t attend birthday parties or sleepovers).
  • Practice other healthy habits. Help your immune system by getting plenty of sleep, exercise, drink plenty of fluids, take vitamins and eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Visit your doctor regularly. Discuss whether getting the yearly vaccine is right for you. For severe illnesses, notify your doctor immediately.

For more information, click on these links:

The Flu vs. the Common Cold

Flu Season Screening Form for Parents

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Karina Muzikants
School Nurse, Health Educator

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