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Do your part to stop the spread of flu at child care facilities and schools

November 11, 2019


[ Music ]>>[Background Music] Whether
you’re a big kid, little kid, or just a kid at heart,
no one likes to be sick. In addition to getting
vaccinated you can help fight the spread of flu
by consistently and correctly practicing a
few simple healthy habits. Getting vaccinated is the
best way to prevent the flu, and a vaccine is available
each year for seasonal flu. There also are actions that you
can take and teach kids to take to help protect themselves
and others from getting sick. Flu symptoms can include
fever, the chills, coughing, a sore throat, a runny
nose, body aches, headaches, and feeling tired. Some children may have
vomiting and diarrhea. If your student has some
or all of these symptoms, tell them to talk
to the school nurse and let them know
what’s going on. Ask their parent or
guardian to pick them up from school and
take them home. If the student has a fever,
encourage them to stay home for at least 24 hours
after their fever is gone without the use of
medicine that lowers fever; their health is very important
and they need to rest. When a student is sick at
school it’s important for them to keep their distance
from others to help protect their
health and the health of everyone else at school. [Sneeze] Teach kids to always
cover their coughs and sneezes. The best way is by using
a tissue and tossing it in the trash when they’re done. They should wash or sanitize
their hands afterwards. If a tissue isn’t
handy, it’s okay for them to cover their coughs and
sneezes with their sleeve. Washing their hands often with
soap and water also can help to keep them from getting sick. Encourage kids to scrub
their hands all over: the backs of hands, under
nails, and between fingers. If soap and water are not
available, it’s okay for them to use alcohol-based
hand sanitizer. Germs like flu can stay
on surfaces and objects that are touched often
like toys, computers, water fountains and door knobs. Having a normal cleaning
schedule in place will also help to prevent illness at school. To remove germs you can wipe
down surfaces with a soap and water mixture, a
bleach and water solution, or EPA approved products. By teaching kids to take these
actions you’ll be doing your part to help keep
your kids healthy. [ Music ]

2 Comments

  • Reply zolti berta January 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Despite getting the flu shots this year I acquired the flu bug. Be aware that there's no protection for this new strain.

  • Reply kathie moore January 26, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    How about we do away with the "perfect attendance" awards, especially at the elementary level? To me, it means that the child has gone to school while sick and spread germs. If a child is sick – has a fever, etc. – they should be kept home, period.

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