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(07/2015)

Flu Symptom Screening Tool for Parents and Caregivers

Use this questionnaire each day your child is sick with flu-like symptoms and follow the

instructions for when to keep the child home and what to tell the child’s school.

Does Your Child Have:

Fever of 100° F or higher? Yes No

(Take the child’s temperature before giving him/her fever-reducing medicine, like Tylenol.)

Sore throat? Yes No

Cough? Yes No

Should I Keep My Child Home?

• If you checked “yes” for fever AND one of the other symptoms, keep your child home for

at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone without fever-reducing medicine. For

many children this will be 5 to 7 days. Your child should feel well enough to participate in

school before returning. If you have questions about your child’s health or symptoms,

call your child’s doctor or clinic.

• If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor or clinic with a different disease, such as

strep, follow your doctor or clinic’s recommendation and school policy for when to return

to school.

What Should I Tell My Child’s School?

• If you checked “yes” for fever AND one of the other symptoms, tell the school that your

child is home with influenza-like illness.

• If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor or clinic with a different disease, such as

strep, tell your child’s school.

For more information, contact: Minnesota Department of Health Vaccine-Preventable Disease Section 

www.health.state.mn.us/immunize 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414