Flu Information

  • For information about free flu vaccines:

    Monroe County Health Department
    111 Westfall Rd.
    Phone 753-5150

    There is a walk-in vaccine clinic every Wednesday from 12-6 p.m. (no appointment necessary)

     

    Parents can help reduce the spread of the flu.

    • Keep your children home if they have flu-like symptoms
      • If your child has a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater and one of the following symptoms: a cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, fatigue, body aches, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.
      • Keep sick children home until they are fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or Motrin.
      • Children staying home should also avoid contact with others except to get medical care as needed, and stay away from after-school activities and other public areas such as the mall, movie theatres, etc
    • Pick up sick children in a timely manner.
      • There are times when flu symptoms will surface during the school day. Having a plan to pick children up as soon as possible will help prevent the spread of the flu.
    • Make sure that the school has accurate contact information.
    • Remind your children to wash their hands often.
      • Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water is the most effective prevention to help prevent the spread of the flu.
    • Remind your children to cover coughs and sneezes.
      • The use of tissues and then the proper disposal of the used tissues are important. If a tissue is not available, a cough or sneeze into an elbow or arm is helpful.
    • Remind your children to avoid sharing personal items.
      • This includes items such as drinks, food or eating utensils.   

     

    This page also contains links to resources for parents and caregivers about the flu from the US Dept of Health and Human Services, the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    Information about Influenza from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services: http://www.flu.gov/

    Information about Influenza from the New York State Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

    Information from the CDC on Influenza: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

    Information for schools and childcare providers: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/school/index.htm

     

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