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    Have come from people sending sick children to school/daycare, thereby infecting my kids, who then graciously share with me. In most cases, the sick kids went to day care because the parent couldn't take time off.

    There was a time in my daughter's elementary school (before we started homeschooling), when they had to shut the school down to disinfect it due to a rampant strep infection that kept going around and around, because parents kept sending sick children to school. The only way to end it was to close the school, disinfect it, then not open again until there had been time for the kids to get over it (they timed the closure for a couple of days before winter vacation).  They sent home notices to parents explaining what they were doing, and providing tips for preventing strep infections. It broke the cycle, but was an extreme measure that wouldn't have been required had kids been kept home because their parents had the option to stay home with them.

    •  I must say that the only time I did (3+ / 0-)

      stay home from work was when my child was sick.  There was just no way I was going to send him to a child care facility (I had to go back to work when he was 3 months old) or to school when he was sick and needed me to take care of him.  

      Unfortunately, when my son was exposed to strep, he would come down with Scarletina, rather than strep throat, which is highly contagious and necessitates a week of quarantine.  He caught it twice from pre-school exposure before the age of five.  Fortunately, by the time he was old enough for K-12, he was a very healthy child and was seldom sick.  

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      by Ellen Columbo on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:23:20 PM PST

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