Update from School Clinic on Illness Prevention

Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu and Other Illness


Get the flu shot.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. 


Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.Those who get flu-like symptoms at school should go home and stay home until at least 48 hours after they no longer have a fever (or signs of a fever) without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Those who have emergency warning signs should get immediate medical care. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

In regards to the educational process, please contact the school office to request missing work if your child is going to be out for several days. 


Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or inner elbow when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough are spread by coughing, sneezing, or unclean hands.


Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.


Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.


Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.


Please call the school nurse if you have other questions or concerns. 


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