New app helps Sherman elementary school with flu prevention

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- The signs of cold and flu season are easy to spot.

"Colds and sneezing a lot," Conner said. "Sometimes it's a little annoying when you're sniffling over and over and over."

Cold and flu season is right around the corner, and most adults agree that their first line of defense is getting a flu shot. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, kids are one of the groups most at-risk for flu-like illnesses.

This year, one Sherman's Neblitt Elementary School is stepping up its flu prevention game with a new tool that connects directly to your phone.

"Put the thermometer in their mouth and it connects directly to your smartphone and you create profiles for each member of your family," School Nurse Amanda Grissom said.

Neblett elementary is one of 500 schools nationwide to receive this new technology.

The thermometer and its accompanying app allow parents to record temperatures and symptoms for each of their children.

"Within the app, you can see a group for Neblett and parents can go in and share anonymously the symptoms their child has," Grissom said.

These anonymous tips will let parents know what to watch out for, and Neblett's nurse can also send out messages to keep parents informed.

"We have a stomach bug going around, so if your child is experiencing vomiting, keep them home for 24 hours and that helps prevent the spread of illnesses."

The school has not had any confirmed cases of the flu this year, and administrators hope this app will keep the number of cases to a minimum.

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