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It's gonna be a long flu season

September 28, 2009 - Per Peterson
I’ve quickly learned this school year, it makes no difference what you call it, being sick is being sick. I don’t care if it’s the traditional flu, H1N1, swine … whatever … the flu means business this fall. All three of my kids have missed at least some school in the last week-and-a-half, and just this morning I had to pick my son up after his temperature bolted to 100. None of them puked or passed out or anything, but the symptoms have been enough to make them feel like sludge. And the school’s not taking any chances. Sore throat? Send them home. Bad cough? Send them home. A sick kid might not look that sick or even act that sick, but a fever is a fever and schools don’t put up with fevers. Can’t blame the schools though, not when you have hundreds of kids running around, touching each other, touching door knobs, computer keyboards, etc. The school nurse told me Monday morning it’s tough on parents, too, having to readjust schedules at the drop of a hat to pick you kid up, but the alternative is letting him or her sit in the nurse’s office all day. Even then, you still have to get them home; I doubt any school wants a kid with a fever on the bus after school. As parents, we need to realize this will probably be the norm this school year. And if you’re a parent, it would be a good idea to monitor yourself now more than ever, so YOU don’t end up in bed all day.


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