Too Sick for School? Flu Facts Every Parent Needs

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Weigh Sport Participation Carefully

In 1997, basketball great Michael Jordan famously battled flu symptoms and led his team to a win in a championship series in what is dubbed “The Flu Game.” Guess what: Your child isn’t Michael Jordan.

When children play sports with any illness, they often become sicker for longer, which could mean missing more school, practices and games in the near future. The flu is a respiratory illness, and any cardio-vascular exercise is further strain that will set your child’s system back.

“You don’t do your team or your classmates any favors by showing up to practice or games when you’re sick,” says Dr. Yankus.

Count out physical education too. Call the school office or send a note with your child to make sure her teachers understand the situation.