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Too Sick for School? Flu Facts Every Parent Needs

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Dr. Wayne Yankus, a pediatrician in Ridgewood, New Jersey, says these five symptoms should always keep a child home from school:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • a temperature of 100.6 or higher (Some schools and states suggest, or even require, lower temperatures.)
  • a rash that hasn't been diagnosed
  • an open weeping wound, which is a wound that “weeps” clear fluid and can be infectious

Dr. Wu adds strep throat and pink eye to the list.