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Do not give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms. Giving aspirin to children or teenagers with influenza can result in a rare, but serious illness called Reye Syndrome. Children or teenagers with the flu should take medicines that contain no aspirin to relieve symptoms.
Influenza is caused by a virus; therefore antibiotics (like penicillin) do not work to cure it. The best way to prevent the flu is to get flu shot each fall, before flu season begins. In this community the best time is during the months of October and November, since the worst part of our flu season is usually January and February. Since influenza viruses can change each year, influenza vaccines must be developed for each season, and yearly influenza vaccination is needed for protection.
Additionally, stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. 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.
Also, washing your hands often will help to prevent the spread of germs. Wash all surfaces, including the backs of hands, wrists, between fingers, and under fingernails for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm soapy running water. Rinse well and dry hands with a clean towel, paper towel, or air dyer.