The simple steps that Pennsylvanians can take to prevent spreading the flu virus to others are:
  1. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your sleeve (not your hand).
  2. Keep your hands away from your face and don't touch your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  3. Wash your hands with soap often.  An alcohol-based hand sanitizer will work as well.
  4. Keep frequently used surfaces clean, such as knobs, countertops, and desks.
  5. Stay home from work or school if you do get sick.

The influenza virus can infect a person from two to eight hours after being deposited on the surface of an object.  Additionally, an infected person may be able to infect others from one day before getting sick until up to 24 hours after the symptoms subside.  This is why you are encouraged to keep your child home if your child is sick with a flu-like illness.  These symptoms include fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea and may also include vomiting or diarrhea.  Children should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines.  Because of the risk of Reye's Syndrome, Aspirin products should not be given to children.