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When to Keep Your Child Home

How can we limit the spread of the new H1Nl influenza virus ("swine flu")?

The most important thing is to keep sick people away from healthy people. So if your child is

sick, you must keep your child home. Staying home when sick stops the spread of the flu and

helps the sick person get well.

Answer these questions every morning before sending your child to school or daycare:

1. Does your child have a fever (l00° F or 37. 7°C)? If you don't have a thermometer, feel

your child's skin with your hand. If it is much warmer than usual, your child probably has

a fever.

2. Does your child have a sore throat, cough, runny nose, body aches, vomiting, or diarrhea?

If you answered "yes" to both questions above, your child might have the flu. Keep your child

home from school for 7 days or until symptoms are gone for 24 hours, whichever is longer.



When should my child go to the doctor?

Call your health care provider if your child is ill enough that you would normally see a health

care provider. Use the same judgment you would use during a normal flu season. If you

would not usually see a health care provider for the symptoms your child has now, you

would not need to contact your health care provider. If symptoms are more severe, call your

health care provider to discuss if you need to bring your child for medical evaluation.

For more information and on-going updates:

• Fact sheet: "HINI Virus (swine flu) Facts for Families of School-age Children,"

• OSDH HINI flu toll-free hotline at 1-866-278-7134 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• OSDH Web site at

When to Keep Your Child at Home