Flu season. It comes every year, yet every year it seems to catch everyone off-guard. The timing is never certain, and neither are the virus’s severity or length. The flu can wreak havoc on the body and on the overall functioning of your schoo, because the extremely contagious virus can infect students and faculty at a fast pace.
To stop the spread of flu-causing germs, your best bet is to remind students of the importance of hygiene in these coming months. Make hand sanitizer readily available in classrooms, especially where tissues are located, and leave signs reminding kids to wash their hands thoroughly. It may seem elementary, but it really is the most basic form of prevention. Education surrounding covering coughs and sneezes should be constant during the season. Another way to keep your school healthy lands with the school nurse.
Every school nurse should have a touch-free thermometer to help prevent cross contamination. These thermometers allow the school nurse to take a student’s temperature without even making contact with the student, which helps keep the nurse safe from infection, as well as other students. The nursing staff should also have a reliable stethoscope to listen for any fluid in the lungs. Aside from the basics necessary for school health supplies, school nursing staff should also have a supply of sanitation wipes and sprays to keep their entire area clean as students come in and out.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people of all ages get sick with the flu, but school-aged children are the group most at risk. Vaccines can help to prevent influenza and are highly recommended for people who are at high risk. Some schools even offer a vaccination clinic on premise for convenience. If you are considering this route, the CDC has ample information for Influenza School-located Vaccinations to help you keep your school safe this flu season.