Good Health Habits: Cold and Flu Season

Teen with cold and flu symptoms

​​Good health habits, like covering your cough and washing your hands often, can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Our Rockwood nurses provide insight in how to recognize and prevent illness.

Signs and Symptoms of the Seasonal Flu

These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, tiredness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

​If you or your child have any of the above symptoms, especially a fever of 100° F or higher, please contact your medical provider for evaluation.

General Precautions to Stay Healthy (and Keep Others Healthy)

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

Please stay home from school when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

According to Amy Wehr, supervisor of health and wellness in the Rockwood School District, the St. Louis area is experiencing a high number of influenza cases​​​. "We want to share information with families so they can make responsible decisions for their health - no matter the season," noted Wehr.  

Do you have questions about influenza? Contact your Rockwood school nurse or your healthcare provider. Learn more from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention how you can take action.