The CDC recommends that for the general public, an individual with the flu should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). In addition, a person should seek medical care if they experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or if a fever continues more than three days. If you experience flu symptoms and have an underlying, chronic medical condition, you should consult with your physician. If you have difficulty keeping fluids down for 24 hours, or if you have a fever of 100° Fahrenheit or 37.8° Celsius or higher which cannot be reduced with medication, then you should consult with your physician. For parents with a young child who is ill, seek medical care if a child has fast or labored breathing, continuing fever or convulsions (seizures).
Regarding students, the guidelines are that sick individuals need to stay home and away from public gatherings. Please tell sick students to go home. Most individuals will not need to seek medical attention for the flu. If your student does not need medical attention, then please do not have them try to get a doctor’s note.
According to CDC workplace guidance, the influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2-8 hours after being deposited on the surface. To reduce the chance of spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus, disinfect commonly-touched hard surfaces in the workplace, such as work stations, counter tops, door knobs, and bathroom surfaces by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.