As parents, we want to send our kids to school and not worry. Sure we might worry if they remembered their lunch bag or if they studied enough for their tests but we don’t want to worry about them getting sick. Schools are for learning, not germ-ing, right? *Gloved fist bump, because solidarity but not germ sharing* You’re probably wondering how to keep kids safe from the flu, which is handy because I actually have that information for you.
Why Schools Are High Risk Flu Locations
We don’t want to worry, but sometimes we have reason to be concerned. After all, children are one of the groups that have a high rate of influenza infection. What’s more, schools are an ideal environment for an infectious illness to spread. Students are in close quarters throughout the day, touching dirty doorknobs, sharing desks and eating together at lunch time. It’s like a germ buffet. Gross.
You might think “Sick is sick, right?” But many parents may not realize that the flu and a cold are not the same thing. They are caused by different viruses, and while they are both respiratory illnesses with a few similar symptoms, a cold is much milder than the flu, which can have serious complications. When you hear “the flu” you might think about soup, crackers, and cleaning barf up off the rug. Gross. So so gross. What you don’t really think about at first is that complications from the flu can land your kid in the hospital, and in some cases, it can be fatal. Heartbreaking.
How do you know if it’s the flu?
Typical flu symptoms include:
- fever and/or chills
- sore throat
- muscle aches
Sometimes, symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more likely to occur in children than grown-ups. Sounds like not a good time at all. There are a million things you would rather do than take care of a sick kid.
How To Keep Kids Safe From The Flu
The best protection is a flu vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a “Take 3” approach to fending off the flu – vaccination, healthy habits, and taking anti-viral drugs if prescribed by your doctor. For more information about influenza and vaccination, visit familiesfightingflu.org. To learn more about helping your children avoid the flu at school, visit familiesfightingflu.org/keep-flu-school/. Good luck!
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This is a public service announcement because you seem really nice and I don’t want your kid to get sick. I also don’t want my kid to get sick.