One-of-every-five public school students in Neillsville were home with the flu yesterday.
Superintendent John Gaier (guy-er) said about 200 youngsters either stayed home or were sent home, as school officials tried to contain an outbreak of both stomach flu and respiratory flu. Some kids brought their illnesses to school – and the Neillsville district called and e-mailed parents, urging them to keep their children at home if they show symptoms of headaches or sore throats. The same message went on the district’s Web site. Officials want kids to stay home until they have no fever or other symptoms for a full 24-hours without the use of medicines like Tylenol or ibuprofen. Parents are also encouraged to arrange flu shots for their children. Gaier said cleaning crews have been working late to sterilize the building.