Tulsa teachers outsmarting the flu

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 1/29/2013 10:00 am Published: 1/28/2013 9:09 pm

No parent wants their child to fall behind in school, but it's even more important, with so many bugs going around that kids stay home, if they're sick.

One sick child can make a whole classroom sick in no time.

"We keep telling parents if your child has a fever please keep them home," said Principal Kenneth Joslin.

Joslin said parents have been calling out students by the dozen over the last few weeks.

On Monday, at Mayo Demonstration School, 27 students were absent. Most of them had flu like symptoms.

"Unfortunately, some parents don't have baby sitters or can't stay home from work," said parent, Christina Smith.

Smith said her son, Hayden missed all of last week because he was sick. Teachers are struggling too.

"I've told them stay home. We will get by without you,” said Joslin.

But without teachers or students is the curriculum suffering?

"If they miss three or four days they'll be ok,” said Joslin. “If they miss more we'll work to get them caught up."

Mayo’s way of outsmarting whatever is making everyone sick.

"Just a simple common cold can put you at risk of getting something else," said Dr. Lodie Naimeh.

Dr. Naimeh said it's the flu, strep throat, rotavirus, even norovirus. Some call it the stomach bug, but norovirus is more contagious than the flu.

"It’s been good for business,” said Walgreens Assistant Manager Michelle Hernandez.

Hernandez said it comes with a price.

"It’s left and right; people calling in. They have the flu,” said Hernandez.

At Mayo, there's no shortage of hand washing. Clearly, it’s the most important lesson for students at Mayo and for all of us.

Norovirus symptoms include: diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain and body aches. Right now, there is no vaccine for the norovirus. Most people will recover with hydration and rest.

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