Influenza

Children and infants are more likely to get the flu or have flu-related complications like pneumonia because their immune systems are still developing. All children that are 6 months of age and older should get their flu vaccine annually to prevent catching and spreading the flu virus. 

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Managing influenza at child care facilities

  • Children with influenza should stay home until their fever has diminished for at least 24 hours and are feeling better. 
  • When holding a small child that is sick, place the child’s chin on your shoulder to avoid their cough.
  • Provide extra cleaning in frequently touched areas such as table tops, keyboards, door knobs, counter tops, remote controls, etc. Dishwashing and laundry can be down as normal.
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