There are two main things that you can do during cold and flu season to ensure your child gets the best care possible.
Establish a primary medical care provider
CPS encourages all families to have a medical home. A medical home includes:
The Children and Family Benefits Unit provides application assistance for CPS families that are eligible for benefit programs such as medical insurance. All-Kids medical coverage ensures, every child in Illinois qualifies for health insurance regardless of income or immigration status. For more information, call 773-553-5437. A list of health care providers may be obtained by contacting 3-1-1.
Take action when you find out your child is sick
Encourage your child to tell you immediately if he or she feels sick or starts exhibiting flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, or diarrhea and vomiting. If you or your child doesn't feel well, stay home and seek medical care if needed.
If your child feels sick at school, tell him or her to go to the office immediately and let school personnel know. You will be notified immediately if your child is exhibiting flu-like symptoms. If you suspect your child may have the flu, please contact your healthcare provider.
Stay in touch with us
It is our No. 1 priority to keep you up-to-date with all of the important news and announcements about how swine flu is affecting our community. During flu season, there is an increased need for schools to immediately connect with parents. Please call your child's school to give them your current contact information.
Letters will also be sent home to notify you about the precautions we are taking. You can also view the most recent letters sent home with your child below.
First day of school H1N1 letter to principals:
English | Spanish
H1N1 hotline, resources
The State of Illinois has a flu hotline set up for non-medical questions. Call 1-866-848-2094 for English or 1-866-241-2138 for Spanish. For more information call 3-1-1, visit the Chicago Department of Public Health’s H1N1 website or read H1N1 updates, health tips.
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