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Precautions

Teach your child to wash their hands often with soap and water. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.

Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensil.

Teach your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If a tissue is unavailable they should cover up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm, or sleeve instead of the hand.

Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.
- Fever (100º Fahrenheit, 37.8º Celsius or greater)
- Cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Headache
- Feeling very tired
- Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea

Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.

Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.