Staying Healthy During Flu Season

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    Cold and flu season has arrived!

    Below are some tips for keeping everyone healthy:

    1. Wash your hands. Handwashing is the best way to prevent and combat the spread of germs. Wash hands often using soap and hot water. If there is no soap and water available, hand sanitizer is a good second choice. (Sing the "ABC" song twice to ensure you are washing your hands long enough).

    2. Cover your cough. Cough or sneeze into your elbow if a tissue is not available. 

    3. Do NOT share drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.

    4. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and drink lots of water.

    5. Avoid people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. Teachers, students, parents, and staff need to stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating) without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

    6. Disinfect surfaces that are prone to germs (e.g. phones, keyboards, door knobs, toothbrushes).

    7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and 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.

    8. Get the FLU shot!

    If you have questions regarding tips for staying healthy, you can contact your school nurse or Michelle Green Med., BSN, RN at 818 241 3111 ext. 1407.

    Additional tips and helpful resources can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

    Thank you!