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. Symptoms of the flu are a fever plus one or more of these: cough sore throat runny nose body aches headache tiredness 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. What Should I Do? If you feel sick: Tell your mom or dad, so they can check you out. They might want to call your doctor to talk about whether you have the flu or some other sickness. Stay home from school and other crowded places. Also, try not to make other people in your family sick. Wash your hands well and often, cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow — not into your hands! — and keep your distance. Get rest, drink plenty of fluids, and feel better fast. Be sure to tell your mom or dad how you're feeling so they can take good care of you. Return to school only when you're feeling better, no longer have chills or sweat, and you haven't had a fever for at least 24 hours. Back to Articles Related Articles Flu The flu is a virus that can make you sick for a week or longer. Find out more in this article for kids. Read More Who Needs a Flu Shot? Just about everybody needs a flu shot. Find out more in this article for kids. Read More The Flu: Stop the Spread Follow these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu. Read More What's a Fever? What are fevers? Why do kids get them? Get the facts on temperatures and fevers in this article for kids. Read More Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do Here are the 4 best ways everyone (including kids) can help stop coronavirus. Read More Why Are People Wearing Face Masks? You might think face masks are mostly for the operating room. But during the coronavirus outbreak, you might see more people wearing them. Here's why. Read More Flu Center The flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.