KANSAS CITY, MO – Students across the metro will be heading back to class on Monday, and so will germs that cause respiratory illnesses like the flu. Local health officials want to remind students and parents of everyday preventative actions they can take to slow the spread of germs that can cause the flu.
Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose.
People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and lasting up to five to seven days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.
There are simple actions students and parents can take to slow the spread of germs and prevent illness:
Health departments across the metro continue to see a rise in influenza cases and recommend everyone over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot. Vaccine is widely available in the metro.