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Flu Season Facts

Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Fact Sheet for Parents


How does the flu spread?

Flu spreads between people when those sick with the flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. The flu virus can be spread to people up to six feet away. Flu can also spread when people touch their face or eyes after touching something that a sick person has touched.


How to prevent the flu?

Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Take 3 Actions”

  1. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. DHEC strongly recommends all South Carolina residents older than 6 months old get the flu vaccine as soon as possible to prevent the flu, unless they have a medical reason not to be vaccinated.
  2. Take everyday preventive actions. Avoid close contact with ill persons. Keep your child home if they have a fever (100ºF or higher), until the fever has resolved without the use of medicines for a duration of 24 hours. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Frequently, wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. Also, frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that are high touch areas.
  3. Take influenza antiviral medicines, if prescribed.