• What to do:

    Young girl at home sick in bed.

    Keep children home so that they can avoid spreading germs to others.

    How long should I keep my sick child home?

    • If your child gets flu-like symptoms without a fever, keep him or her home at home to lower the chances of spreading the illness to others.
    • If your child has a fever, keep him or her home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen. This will help ensure that the fever is truly gone and that your child is past the point of being contagious.
    • Children with weakened immune systems may need to stay home longer.

    Why is this important?

    • Children need rest to recover from illness. Without enough rest, it can take your child longer to feel better. Staying home is also important because your child can spread the flu virus up to 24 hours after symptoms are gone.
    • People with weakened immune systems often need even more time to recover and to stop being contagious.