Tips from the Nurse

With flu season upon us, it is important that we work together to keep our children healthy. Viruses spread easily among children in schools, and families with school-age children have more infections than others, with an average of one-third of these family members infected each year. By keeping our children flu-free, we benefit the community as a whole. You can help prevent the spread of flu or help your child get better if he/she does get sick by following a few simple steps:

  • If possible, you and your child should get a flu shot.
  • Remind your child to cover his/her nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and dispose of the tissue immediately or cough into their elbow or sleeve.
  • Have your child wash his/her hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and shared items at least once a day.
  • Ensure that bathrooms are stocked with soap, hand towels and tissues.
  • Teach your child not to touch his/her mouth, nose and eyes.

If your child is sick and has a fever, keep him/her at home to prevent the spread of illness to others.

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