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Oklahoman Modified: January 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm •  Published: January 15, 2013

AT A GLANCE

HOW TO STOP FLU IN SCHOOLS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends students, staff and parents take these steps to help prevent the spread of flu in schools.

• Everyone who is able should get the flu shot or the flu spray.

• Administrators should consider allowing public health officials to offer a vaccination clinic at the school.

• Take steps to stop the spread of germs, such as covering coughs and sneezes.

• Hand-washing should be common and expected. Teach students to wash for at least 20 seconds. Provide enough time and supplies for hand washing.

• Keep schools clean.

• Sick people should stay home. Adjust school policies that make it difficult for students and staff to miss time while ill.

• Teach everyone the signs and symptoms of the flu.

• Segregate ill students and staff until they are able to go home.