ODESSA, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Many students are back to school, and the Ector County health department says there has been a 21% increase in flu cases.
Brandy Garcia, health department director of the Ector County health department, says you need to be aware of symptoms that your child may have.
“The symptoms could be coughing, sneezing, a sore throat body aches any of those symptoms they need to keep them home,” Garcia says. “They need to stay home until they have no fever or symptoms for at least 24 hours.”
In 2019, 8 children in Texas died from the flu Garcia says to prevent your child from getting sick, you must send your child with a sanitizer.
“Send your child with a sanitizer on their backpacks or something like that after they wash their hands, they can also sanitize that will help and just make sure they are aware that they need to be cautious with washing hands when touching surfaces and covering their mouth and nose.”
Dr. Jorge Alamo, pediatric of MCH, says to make sure to take vitamin C daily to bust your immune system.
“If you’re going to cough you have to cough in your elbow,” Dr. Alamo says.