Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Every day a child is absent from school, he or she misses out on valuable educational programs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 22 million school days are lost each year to colds alone.[1] The good news? Teaching proper hand hygiene in schools and at home has been shown to reduce absenteeism among students and illnesses in their families. [2] Please refer to the following tips from the CDC for ways families can help to stay healthy during this peak cold and flu season. [3]

Prevention is the Best Medicine

· While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common in the upcoming season. The single best way to help prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year.

· Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season's vaccines are available. There are several different flu vaccines available, ask your child’s pediatrician which one is right for your child.

Healthy Habits are Contagious

  • Encourage children to stay home when they are sick. This will help prevent the spread of their illness to classmates!
  • Teach children good hygiene practices like covering their mouths and noses with tissues when coughing and sneezing, and then washing their hands immediately after. If tissues are not available, then advise them to cough and sneeze into the inside of their elbows. This will help prevent germs from spreading to those around them.
  • Teach the importance of washing hands frequently with disinfecting soap, for 20 seconds each time. You can make hand washing fun by teaching them a song that they can sing each time they clean their hands!
  • It’s also important that children avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths to ensure that germs don’t spread from commonly touched hard surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, and phones) and make them sick.

Help Stop Germ Transmission

  • Cleaning and disinfecting hardsurfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu virus can help stop their spread. For a healthy classroom, teachers should regularly disinfect their classrooms with germ-killing tools such as Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfecting Wipes.

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[1] , “Vital Health and Statistics. Current Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 1996.”

[2] , “Effects of Hand Hygiene Campaigns on Incidence of Laboratory-confirmed Influenza and Absenteeism in Schoolchildren, Cairo, Egypt” p. 9

[3] , “CDC Says “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu,” (Accessed August 5, 2014)