In the United States, flu season is said to take place between the months of October and May each year, but often peaks around February. With this in mind, all residents who are contagiously ill are highly encouraged to stay home. 

If your child has come down with the flu, parents are urged to keep their child home for at least five days as they recover. If your child has a fever, wait to send them back to school after they have been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. 

If you must visit the pharmacy or grocery store while you are sick, please keep your mouth and nose covered and refrain from excessive touching. Keep sanitation wipes handy to wipe clean your cell phone case, cart handles at Wal-Mart, or even your steering wheel before and after each use. 

Though the precautions may seem a little over-the-top, keep in mind that prevention starts with you. Last flu season, Head School Nurse Sherry McWhorter called the flu a “community illness,” and she said it will take a health-conscious community to stall and prevent its further spread. Do your part by practicing healthy hygiene and covering your mouth when you cough. Get ahead of a flu outbreak this season by following basic health tips, and if you are sick, for your sake and everyone else’s, please stay home.

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