Flu Season Care and Prevention Tips

The DeKalb County School District encourages its students, staff and community to take proper precautions to avoid illness during flu season. Influenza is a communicable disease, and each of us must be vigilant in not only protecting ourselves, but each other.

Below is a helpful graphic from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that includes tips on how to be safe. DCSD also offers the following information, from the DeKalb County Board of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep you informed.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, headache and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting or diarrhea.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Flyer: FLU CARE TIPS - Typical symptoms | 1. Abrupt onset of fever, chills and fatigue | 2. Headache | 3. Runny nose | 4. Non-productive cough | 5. Sore throat | 6. Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting || When to see a doctor - 1. Fatigue or inconsolable irritability | 2. Confusion or headache that does not go away | 3. Chest pain, labored breathing and persistent cough | 4. Neck stiffness | 5. Stomach pain, vomiting and dehydration | 6. Back pain or weak legs or feet | 7. Severe muscle pain and /or red urine