Influenza is classified as a respiratory illness causing fever (100 degress or higher) AND cough or sore throat. Symptoms can last up to 7 days. It is spread by coughing and sneezing, or touching contaminated objects or surfaces. To prevent spread of influenza, cover your cough and wash your hands frequently. Getting the seasonal flu vaccine can also help prevent the illness.
Call your child's health care provider if they begin having difficulty breathing or a high fever or vomiting/diarrhea lasting more then a couple days. It is also recommended to call your health care provider if your child has been exposed to influenza and they have an underlying health condition that can put them at risk for complications; antiviral medication may be prescribed.
The student can return to school after they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medications).