10 Tips for Keeping Your Kids in School During Flu Season

It’s a fact. Kids are more likely to learn and do better in school when they are healthy, and attend class regularly. How can you keep your child well this flu season?

School nurses, like those at HealthNet’s school-based clinics, may be among the best people to ask. They are in the business of keeping kids healthy and in school. In fact, it was a school nurse in New York that first identified the H1N1 outbreak a couple of years ago.

Here are 10 tips for keeping your kids well this flu season:

  1. Get a flu shot. For that matter, parents should get the shot too.  If you don’t think you have the time to get into the doctor’s office, there are several locations that offer the vaccine at a low cost with no appointment.  Find a HealthNet location near you.
  2. Wash your hands regularly. Teach your kids to wash for about 10 to 15 seconds — about how long it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.”
  3. Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose and eyes.
  4. If someone is sick (coughing, sneezing, etc.), keep your distance.
  5. Have a plan to clean surfaces regularly – at home and at school.
  6. Get plenty of rest.
  7. Eat right, and get plenty of fluid and exercise daily.
  8. Cover your cough. Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue.
  9. If you are sick with the flu, stay home. Don’t go to school or other places you could spread the flu.

For many students in Marion County, the only health care they receive is at school. Last year, HealthNet School-Based Services helped more than 3,320 students receive health care and health education services at eight public and charter schools in Marion County. With your help, they can do even more. Thanks for making a difference for Indy schools!

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