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Delaware Valley Middle School Nurse
Phone: (570) 296-1838
Fax: (570) 296-3162
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of virus. Typically, the type of flu people get in the fall
and winter months is called seasonal flu.
Practical Flu Advice for Parents
• Teach children to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and to throw the tissue in the trash after using it.
• Teach children to wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze. You should cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm, not
into your hands. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
•Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly
person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
• If you or your child gets sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home from school or work until you have been fever free for 24 hours without analgesics and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.