Happy New Year Starke families,
The seasonal flu is really spreading across Florida and throughout U.S. Symptoms can include fever, chills, body aches, headache, cough and sore throat. If your children have any of these with a fever of 100 or more, please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you or your child develop flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider right away as there are anti-flu medications available, but they should be started within 48 hours.
To help prevent your family from getting the flu in the first place, wash your hands regularly, cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hands, avoid touching your face, clean frequently touched surfaces, eat a healthy diet, drink lots of fluids, get plenty of sleep and most importantly, get a flu shot. They are still available at the Health Department, doctor's offices and drug stores.
Yours in health,
Valeri Lavin RN