It is that time of year when both influenza and the “stomach bug” make an unwelcomed appearance in communities. As of the last week in December, “NE continues to report WIDESPREAD activity level to the CDC’s weekly influenza geographic spread estimates surveillance” dhhs.ne.gov.
The best way to protect ourselves and students from influenza is to get the flu vaccine, and it’s not too late to do so. For both influenza – which is a respiratory illness – and the “stomach flu,” we can all take further precautions to stay well and to prevent the illness of other if, indeed, we do become ill.
1. Avoid close contact with others who are ill.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
4. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits including getting enough sleep, eating nutritious food and drinking plenty of water. dhhs.ne.gov
Some schools are encouraging parent to wash backpacks, lunch boxes, coats, hats and gloves frequently during the high illness months in an effort to keep students well. wlvt.tv At NCMS, teachers use Clorox wipes on desks, doorknobs and even chome books to eradicate those pesky germs.
It may indeed be the season of “Eww! The flu!” but we will do all we can to prevent it from happening to YOU!