Here's why: influenza (the flu) is an illness that could make some people very sick. So we want to do our best to keep it from spreading around.
Symptoms of the flu are a fever plus one or more of these:
Some people with the flu also might have diarrhea or vomiting. If you have flu-like symptoms, home is where you should be.
By staying home from school (and away from crowds in general), you make it less likely that you will make other people sick. And if it turns out you do have the flu, rest at home is what you need to get better.
Take these steps if you feel sick:
Reviewed by: Rupal Christine Gupta, MD
Date reviewed: February 2015
|CDC: Flu (Influenza) The CDC's site has up-to-date information on flu outbreaks, immunizations, symptoms, prevention, and more.|
|Flu Center The flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus.|
|A Kid's Guide to Fever What are fevers? Why do kids get them? Get the facts on temperatures and fevers in this article for kids.|
|Who Needs a Flu Shot? Just about everybody needs a flu shot. Find out more in this article for kids.|
|The Flu: Stop the Spread Follow these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu.|
|What to Do if You Get the Flu If you have the flu, you'll want to do all you can to feel better. Find out more in this article for kids.|
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