Cold and Flu Season Has Arrived
If your child has the flu or a cold, The Centers for Disease Control advises families to follow these tips to prevent viruses from spreading to others:
• Keep your child home while they are sick.
• Limit your child's contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.
• Have your child move away from people before coughing or sneezing.
• Show them how to cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away. Or they can cough and sneeze into their upper shirt sleeve, completely covering the mouth and nose.
• Always encourage them to wash their hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.
• Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and objects such as toys and doorknobs.
When Your Child Should See a Doctor
Call your doctor if your child has one or more of these conditions:
• a temperature higher than 100.4° F
• symptoms that last more than 10 days
• symptoms that are severe or unusual
If your child is younger than 3 months old and has a fever, you should always call your doctor right away. Your doctor can determine if you or your child has a cold and can recommend therapy to help with symptoms.
September 2014: Respiratory Illness Confirmed in State
The Snohomish Health District has released a bulletin notifying the public that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Snohomish and King Counties. The CDC testing confirmed that two children have been hospitalized with respiratory illness associated with EV-D68.
“The spread of EV-D68 reminds us how important it is to get back to basics: washing hands, covering coughs, & staying home when ill,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer of the Snohomish Health District. “And although there is no vaccine for this virus, with flu season approaching, we also need to get vaccinated in order to protect all of us.” Infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses and become sick. Children with asthma may be especially vulnerable and families should be watchful for any signs of wheezing or worsening asthma and seek medical help promptly if breathing difficulty occurs. Learn more.