In case you didn't know, there's a major flu outbreak in progress right now in the Rockford area. Hospitals are restricting visitors to people 18 and over because of it, and now the impact is hitting our schools as well.

Dr. Christopher Ross of MercyHealth recently told WIFR;

Parents, if your children are sick don't send them to school they need to be feeling better and without a fever, for 24 to 48 hours before they should go back

My kids get flu shots every year, and for the most part we're usually pretty healthy. Not this year, though. Every week we're dealing with some kind of muscousy, feverish, nastiness, and I AM OVER IT.

If it's not flu symptoms, it's some kind of virus that's got my kids down, so I'm going to take a moment to beg very single parent that may be reading this: Please obsess over forcing your children to wash their hands, and please for the love of everything holy, if your kid is sick or has had a fever, KEEP THEM HOME. I get we all work and that it is hugely inconvenient to miss work due to a sick kid, but PLEASE take one for the parenting team here. If you send your sick kid to school because you have an important meeting at work, you are just contributing to continuing the outbreak. Don't do that, PLEASE!

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