Minnesota is currently experiencing the highest number of school outbreaks of flu in the last five years. Schools in Minnesota reported a total of 167 flu outbreaks during the week of December 21, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. SPPS reported three flu outbreaks during that same time.
A flu outbreak is defined as when the total number of student absences due to influenza-like illness reaches 5 percent or more in a building on any given day, or if there are three or more students absent from a classroom with flu-like illness on any given day. An influenza-like illness is defined as having a fever of at least 100°F with a cough or sore throat.
Here are several tips to help you stay healthy during cold and flu season:
For more information, including guidelines for keeping your kids home if they are ill, visit the Student Health and Wellness website.
Link: For more information about the flu, visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s flu website.
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