Have you ever gone to school when you didn't feel so well? Everyone has probably done it, but if you think you have the flu, it's very important to stay home from school.
Here's why: influenza (the flu) is an illness that could make some people very sick. So we want to do our best to keep it from spreading around.
Symptoms of the flu are a fever plus one or more of these:
Some people with the flu also might have diarrhea or vomiting. If you have flu-like symptoms, home is where you should be.
By staying home from school (and away from crowds in general), you make it less likely that you will make other people sick. And if it turns out you do have the flu, rest at home is what you need to get better.
Take these steps if you feel sick: