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Schools work to prevent the flu by tracking symptoms

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HUDSON (KWWL) - Many grade school students are back in school Tuesday after a long winter break.

School nurses say they are on alert for kids sick with the flu.

Jan Brandhorst, school nurse at Hudson, says she's in charge of trying to keep more than 700 kids healthy when they are at school.

She says what you're looking for with the flu is body aches, soar throat, cough and nausea.

Signs are up around school encouraging students to cover their cough and wash their hands.

"If they do come into my office and the fever is 100, I do have to call to have them come get their child, because we want to keep the rest of the children healthy also," said Brandhorst.

At least two Iowa children have now died from having the flu.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says even if you think your child can stick it out, it's important to remember that other children in the classroom may be at risk for serious complications from the flu.

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