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What parents need to know about H1N1


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The federal government announced new information today for parents of school-aged children in anticipation of the start of the school year.

One of its main announcements was that parents are no longer told to keep their kids home for 7 days if they come down with H1N1.

The government says kids can return to school the day after a fever subsides.

"Parents should be concerned about this"  Ellen Smith a Nurse at St. Mary's Hospital tells 27 News.

The H1N1 flu is still "smoldering" right now, but medical professionals say there will be an increase in activity simply because students are back together in a contained environment in classrooms.

Hospitals and school systems are also advising parents to talk to their kids about good hygiene.  That means washing hands, covering their mouths, and throwing away used tissues.

It's simple advice, but experts say it will go a long way toward slowing down the spread of H1N1 in classrooms.

There's more information about H1N1 on the CDC's website, www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU.

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