Cold and flu season officially starts in October and lasts until April, but it is possible to catch the common cold or influenza any time of the year.
Not sure what you might have? Check your symptoms on the handy chart below from the U.S. National Institute of Health! In either case, you shouldn’t come to school if you’re experiencing a cold or the flu. Focus on recovery and try to keep from infecting anyone else. If you have to leave the house, consider wearing a face mask and be sure to wash your hands often.
Consult with your doctor if you have a health concern of any kind.
[Ben Boltinghouse is a public safety officer with Parkland College.]