The Oklahoma State Superintendent, Joy Hofmeister, says that getting your flu vaccination is “more important than ever” because “health care institutions are already stretched thin by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The CDC has provided a list of things that will help to stop the spread of the flu virus. There are three main actions you can take this year: get vaccinated, stop the spread--wash your hands and social distance, and ask your doctor about flu antivirals!
Any steps taken to prevent the spread of both COVID-19 and the flu are very important. “It’s vital that we work together to maintain safe learning environments for our children.”
If a child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, your child is too sick for school. Keep them home until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of anti-fever medications.
If a child has 3 or more loose bowel movements, even if there are no other signs of illness, your child is too sick for school. Any vomiting is a reason to send a child home or keep a child home. Keep them home until vomit and diarrhea-free for 24 hours.
There are different rules for returning to school depending on the cause of the rash. Children with contagious rashes, such as chicken pox and measles, need to be kept home. If your child has a rash AND a fever, keep them at home and talk with your healthcare provider.
Children with a cough or sore throat should be watched closely. If the cough or sore throat becomes worse or if the child develops a fever, the child is too sick for schoool.
Children with other communicable conditions such as head lice, ringworm, or scabies may need to be kept home from school. Children may need to see a healthcare provider treatment.
Not sure if your child is too sick for school?
Talk to your school nurse or school administration about exclusion policies for these.