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Kinsa thermometer

The Kinsa Flu-ency thermometer and program helps check symptoms and rate of illnesses in the area and country.


John Rizzo is the principal at Jonestown Elementary in Lebanon County. But he’s also the parent of a first grader, with two younger ones at home.

Like others at the school, he signed up for Kinsa smart thermometer’s “Flu-ency” program. It gave his family a free thermometer and access to an online app.

“Within 48 hours, I had to use the thermometer and the app on my youngest son who spiked a fever of almost 103 degrees,” Rizzo said.

About 200 families at Jonestown use the app to anonymously report illnesses at home. That gives certified school nurse Wendy Flowers-Kline an instant understanding of what’s going around.

“It’s really easy for them to use and it’s easy for me to see what’s going through the building, also,” Flowers-Kline said.

The app helps lower the risk of spreading an illness by raising awareness. It even lists specific symptoms.

Flowers-Kline said it’s completely confidential as well.

“I don’t see any information attached to a name or a family,” she said.

“It is eye-opening because you see what’s going on, not only locally, but nationally,” Rizzo said.

Rizzo said he checks the app at least once a week. He believes it gives his family an extra line of defense during this nasty flu season.

“It’s just a way to combat and be a little more preemptive when it comes to taking care of our kids,” Rizzo said.

Jonestown Elementary applied to participate in the program and was chosen from a field of applicants to receive the free resources.

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