Dr. Henry Yoon, Medical Advisor for the City of Stamford, and Anne Fountain, Director of Health for the City of Stamford, released a letter to residents and parents with the following information regarding flu signs/symptoms and prevention.
The Flu can be very contagious and is caused by a group of respiratory viruses called the influenza viruses. Most healthy adults can infect others with the Flu one day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after symptoms appear. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, could be contagious for a longer period. Infection can be spread by direct contact from sneezing and coughing, and indirect contact from hands and objects soiled with nose and throat secretions.
It is recommended that parents consider contacting their child’s healthcare provider to see if the Flu vaccine is still available and advisable for their child to receive. Fountain and Yoon also recommend that parents call their child’s physician if Flu symptoms and fever occur and report episodes of confirmed Flu to the nurse’s office at the child’s school as soon as possible. Children should remain at home until Flu symptoms have gone away or with the advise of a healthcare professional.
Signs/Symptoms may include:
Steps you can take to help protect yourself from getting the Flu: