Resources to protect students and families this flu season

Across the country, doctors’ offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing an increase in flu-related visits.

Despite there being a national shortage of flu tests at this time due to a high rate of individuals getting the flu, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provides a number of resources that you can share with your students and their families to keep them healthy, while also protecting kids from flu symptoms.

Key points to help prevent the flu:

  • Encourage individuals to get the flu vaccine—it’s not too late.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Visit your primary care doctor or pediatrician as a first line of defense before visiting an emergency department or urgent care center.

If a student visits your office and you think he may have the flu, encourage the child’s parents to visit their pediatrician prior to visiting an emergency department, unless the need is immediate.

If a written note is needed to return to school, also advise parents to request that from their pediatrician during their visit in lieu of requesting a note in an emergency department or urgent care center.

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