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 be spread when people touch their faces or eyes after touching
something that a sick person has touched.
Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. The Department of Health and Environmental
Control (DHEC) strongly recommends that all children 6 months and older be vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent the flu.
DHEC also recommends several other ways to prevent spreading
Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds with
soap and warm water.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based
Keep children home from school if they have the
flu so they don’t infect others. Children
who have the flu may return to school 24 hours after they no longer have a
fever (100 degrees F, measured by mouth) or signs of a fever (chills, feeling
very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating) without the use of fever-reducing
Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or into your
upper sleeve or elbow, rather than your hands.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Lastly, if you or your children develop symptoms of the flu,
seek medical care.
More information about the flu is available at the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or DHEC websites: