Cold and Flu Season
Many students miss school each year due to colds and flu. There are two things you can do to keep your student and family healthy:
1. The first is simple hand washing.
* Teach your student to wash their hands after going to the bathroom, before eating a meal or snack, before preparing food to eat, after blowing their nose, or covering a cough.
2. The second is to get a flu vaccine.
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease, and people of any age can get it. In an average year, the flu causes 36,000 deaths (mostly among those aged 65 years or older) and more than 2000,000 hospitalizations in the United States. The "flu season" in the United States is usually from November through April each year. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the flu.
When should I get a flu vaccination?
The best time to get vaccinated is from October through December. Flu activity in the United STates generally peaks between late December and early March. You can still benefit from getting vaccianted after November, even if flue is present in your community. Once you get vaccinated, your body makes protective antibodies in about two weeks.
Students need to get plenty of sleep and physical activity, drink water, and eat good food to help them stay healthy in the winter and all year.