The flu season peaks from December through March, but can last through May. Anyone can get the flu, but school-aged children are at a much higher risk for contracting and spreading the disease.
Here are a few flu prevention tips to help you prevent the spread of flu in your school or daycare.
1. Encourage your staff and students to get flu vaccines:
You can encourage your staff and students to get the flu vaccination. Generally the flu vaccination is done with 3 or 4 virus strains in it that have been seen as potential viruses that year. Everyone over 6 months should be able to have the vaccine but of course there are a few exceptions, if you are concerned contact your GP.
2. Stop the spread of flu by disinfecting surfaces:
Doing regular disinfecting of surfaces is also very important. You need to keep objects that are touched often like handles, door knobs, and faucets well disinfected. If you work in a daycare or child care facility, it is very important that you keep toys and objects that the children play with like playground swings, slides, see-saws well disinfected.
3. Teach students about germs and proper hand washing techniques:
The CDC flu prevention hand washing technique is also key to keeping germs under control. Your hygiene after using the restroom and even after eating in the break room is more important than you would realize. Make sure you have posters with flu prevention tips, and teach students especially smaller children how to wash their hands correctly. Also smaller children may not realize what affects others like sneezing and then putting that same hand they put up to their face, on their favorite teddy bear. Teaching kids about germs is important as they can spread quickly and the last thing you want is an epidemic.
4. Educate your staff and parents on what to do when a student gets sick:
Make sure that your staff and parents are both fully aware of what they need to do when a student gets sick. Encourage parents to get their children medical care and do whatever their healthcare professional recommends as a way to get better. If children fall ill at school, their teacher or staff member should take them to a “sick” room so they are isolated and don’t get other children sick.
5. Lastly, encourage your staff and students to stay home when they’re sick.
Encourage staff and students to stay home when they are sick especially when they are have a fever. It’s not a good idea to come when you have a fever as this means your body is still fighting an infection. Students and staff both interact with a large portion of persons every day, so having them stay at home when they are ill is a great idea.
These points will help you towards keeping your staff and students well during flu season.