Ever since I started working at 15 years old (and that's if you don't include babysitting which I started at 10 because people thought I was so responsible and mature and totally trusted me with their kids, and I really was that way), I was always the trooper who showed up to work even when I didn't feel well. I just didn't want to wimp out. I'm beginning to think that this was not always a good idea.

The below chart from Dr. Dana Vlachos, a family medicine physician with Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL, outlines a good guideline to follow for when you should to go to work or school, and when it’s best to stay home.


· Stay home: If you have a temperature of 100.4 or higher

· Go: If you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin


· Stay home: If you have a fever, body aches or shortness of breath

· Go: If you have a cough without any of these other symptoms, and if you’re able to wash your hands and cover your cough.


· Stay home: If you have vomited within the past 24 hours.

· Go: If you have kept at least two solid meals down.


· Stay home: If you have had this within the past 24 hours.

· Go: If you have been free from diarrhea for at least 24 hours.

Eye infection

· Stay home: If there is redness, itching and/or crusty drainage from the eye.

· Go: If you have been evaluated by a doctor and have been cleared to return to work/school.

I think this chart will help you decide what to do when sickness strikes especially when there are so many dangerous germs out there right now.

Source: excerpt from Advocate Aurora eHealth News

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