Should I Keep My Children Home From School If Someone Has Swine Flu At School?

Dr. William Schaffner answers the question: 'Kids And Swine Flu At School?'

ByWilliam Schaffner, M.D., Chair of Preventative Medicine, Vanderbilt University
September 25, 2008, 9:56 AM

May 27, 2009 -- Question: Should I keep my children home from school if someone has swine flu at school?

Answer: If there's someone who has swine flu, this new H1N1 influenza at school, a decision will be made whether or not to close the school and you'll hear about it from your school's principal or your child's teacher -- that'll be really quite evident. Otherwise, I would go ahead and send the child to school but keep remembering to tell that child to wash their hands, [and] stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing.

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