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Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older. Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others.
We encourage you and your children to take the following steps to prevent influenza:
Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
What is Adenovirus?
Adenoviruses are common viruses that cause a range of illness, including cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea and pink eye.
Adenoviruses can cause mild to severe illness, though serious illness is less common. Adenovirus can cause illness in persons of any age. People with weakened immune systems, or existing respiratory or cardiac disease, are at higher risk of developing severe illness from an adenovirus infection.
Adenoviruses are common among places with large groups of children, such as hospitals, schools, and camps.
Symptoms of Adenovirus disease usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.
How is Adenovirus Transmitted?
Adenoviruses are usually spread from an infected person to others through
close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
through the air by coughing and sneezing
touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
Some adenoviruses can spread through an infected person’s stool.
If you think you or your child have symptoms of Adenovirus disease, contact your healthcare provider.
Follow simple steps to protect yourself and others
You can protect yourself and others from adenoviruses and other respiratory illnesses by following a few simple steps:
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Frequent hand washing is especially important in childcare settings and healthcare facilities. (see CDC’s Clean Hands Save Lives! )
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If you’re sick you can help protect others:
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others
Refrain from kissing others
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom
Nora Galligan RN, BSN
Certified School Nurse
201-794-5480 ext. 8222