Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is often spread by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Symptoms start suddenly and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), and young children may vomit or have diarrhea.
The most effective way to prevent the flu is through vaccination. If your child has not been vaccinated against the flu, it is very important that you contact your health care provider for instructions, questions, or concerns.
Check your child each morning for fever. Students with temperature greater than 100° should remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
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