Resources to protect students and families this flu season

Across the country, doctors’ offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing an increase in respiratory-related illnesses. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is currently experiencing high patient volumes at our Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers. Four out of five children who have received a flu diagnosis have not been fully immunized against the virus.

Share these flu fighting tips with students, parents, teachers and staff:

  • Everyone older than 6 months of age should receive a seasonal flu immunization. It’s never too late to get immunized. The flu vaccine protects against multiple flu strains that circulate at different times. The flu vaccine decreases the severity of a flu infection.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Teachers and students with fever should remain at home until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

If a student that you think may have the flu visits your office, encourage the parents to visit their family’s pediatrician first. If their pediatrician is unavailable, visit a Children’s Urgent Care Center before coming to the Emergency Department. Consider driving and wait times when deciding which location to visit, as the closest location may have longer wait times.

In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away.

If your school requires a written note to return to class, advise parents to request this document from their pediatrician during their visit in lieu of requesting a note in an emergency department or urgent care center.

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