According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of flu-related complications. Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and potential complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year. Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older. Making healthy choices at school and at home can also help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others.

Ask children to:

  • Cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze—have them throw the tissue away after they use it.
  • Wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze. If water is not near, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way

We ask that if your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate child care arrangements.

  • APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
  • EYES – thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye (conjunctivitis).
  • FEVER – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE, AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH – should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
  • SORE THROAT – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
  • DIARRHEA – 3 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period especially if the child acts or looks ill.
  • VOMITING – vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.
  • RASH – body rash, especially with fever or itching. Diaper rashes, heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
  • EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER – The child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up as soon as possible. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • LICE, SCABIES – children may not return to school until they have been properly treated


Bringing a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk of getting sick. If all parents keep their sick children at home, we will have stronger, healthier, and happier children. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means fewer lost work days and less illness for parents too.

Thank You, Arita Colin, Health Assistant (206) 901-7509