The back-to-school bug: what's going around at school? - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

The back-to-school bug: what's going around at school?

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

School has been in session for a few weeks now. It's back to class, but also back to germs. The good news is the bugs going around at school, for the most part, aren't anything new.

Nurses say there are typical back-to-school bugs that parents should watch out for. Experts at area Health Departments say there is not an unusual amount of school kids getting sick this year when compared to this time previous years.

However, nurses say some of the most common things kids are feeling are upset stomach, non-flu respiratory problems, but some of those symptoms could be because of nerves or even allergies.

Of course, kids can catch about any illness at any time, but nurses say parents have to be the judge of when and when not to send their kids to school.

"Is it just allergies or is it some type of upper respiratory that's coming early? Flu season is right around the corner. So, that's really hard to distinguish when they should go and when they shouldn't. If they have a fever, they definitely don't need to go because that's when they're most contagious," Nurse Sandy Gibbons said.

Gibbons, a nurse at the Cape Girardeau Health Department, said now that kids are confined to a classroom they're sharing more germs.

She said reminding students about ways to get rid of germs like hand washing always helps.

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