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The Flu: Should You Go to School?

Have you ever gone to school when you didn't feel so well? Everyone has probably done it. But if you think you have the flu, it's very important to stay home from school.

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.

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.

What Should I Do?

If you feel sick:

  1. Tell your mom or dad, so they can check you out. They might want to call your doctor to talk about whether you have the flu or some other sickness.
  2. Stay home from school and other crowded places. Also, try not to make other people in your family sick. Wash your hands well and often, cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow — not into your hands! — and keep your distance.
  3. Get rest, drink plenty of fluids, and feel better fast. Be sure to tell your mom or dad how you're feeling so they can take good care of you.
  4. Return to school only when you're feeling better, no longer have chills or sweat, and you haven't had a fever for at least 24 hours.

Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date Reviewed: Nov 16, 2022

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