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Too Sick for School? Flu Facts Every Parent Needs

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Teach Sanitation as a Top Priority

You know your child best. If she is responsible enough to wash her hands properly and use tissues, she may be ready for school earlier than a child who isn’t. Preschoolers and kindergarteners should be kept home an extra day or two, especially since their education rarely has timely demands.

Teach your child to take her time washing her hands. A memorable rule is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Also teach your child to sneeze and cough into her elbow, not her hands. “Viruses don’t live on cloth; they live on skin,” Dr. Yankus says.