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Should I tell my child's school about stomach flu?

Stomach flu, or viral gastroenteritis, is a highly contagious illness that can be spread through methods such as sneezing and hand to mouth contact. For anyone in close quarters, like a classroom or nursing home, the disease can easily spread from one to another. Your child's teacher may be able to take extra precautions to maintain sanitary conditions and reduce the risk of contamination, such as encouraging extra hand washing or wiping down table surfaces.

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