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How to Prevent Swine Flu during Back to School Season

Aug 18, 2009

Keep your kids smiling all year round with these flu safety tips!

Keep your kids smiling all year round with these flu safety tips!

Kids (and parents!) have one more reason to dread going back to school this year – fear of contradicting the dreaded swine flu (H1N1) virus, especially given the fact the highest number of swine flu cases occurred in those between the ages of 5-24. Luckily, since schools broke for the summer last May, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has learned much more about the H1N1 virus and has published a new list of precautions that if followed, will significantly reduce the chances of another outbreak from occurring and will also keep students (and teachers) safely in the classroom. Follow the steps below to ensure a healthy and happy school year for all:

Stay home for at least 24 hours even after flu-like symptoms disappear
Once the symptoms of the flu disappear (fever, nausea, etc.) remain home for at least an additional 24-hours. Just because you feel 100%, doesn’t mean the flu has disappeared 100% from your body. Give it an extra 24 hours to be safe. Additionally, children under 5 years old and children in high-risk, high-contact facilities (daycare or childcare) should give themselves additional time to fully recover.

Practice good hand hygiene
The quickest and fastest way to spread the flu is through hand contact. Wash hands with soap & water for AT LEAST 20 SECONDS; especially every time you cough or sneeze. Teach your children to sing “Happy Birthday” to themselves twice when washing their hands as a good rule of thumb for a 20-second time frame.

Use Alcohol-based Hand sanitizers
The best hand cleaners are alcohol-based and contain at least 60% alcohol, such as Clorox Instant Hand Sanitizer.  If the school’s policies do not allow alcohol based hand cleaners, alternative sanitizers should still be used, such as Care Wipes Alcohol-Free Wipes, however they will not be as effective.

Wipe ALL surfaces with disinfectants
Keyboards, doorknobs, and table tops are just a few of the most common places the flu virus can be spread from if touched. Therefore, these surfaces should be disinfected routinely. Try Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to easily tackle this important task.

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6 Responses to “How to Prevent Swine Flu during Back to School Season”

  1. DUI Defense Lawyer LA - December 17th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    With the majority of the swine flue contained, how much have people been affected this season by it? I know my roommate had it, but I haven’t really heard of anyone else being affected this season. I’m just wondering if I should still get the vaccine this season, just to be safe.

  2. Lyme Disease Symptoms - January 7th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Swine flu seems to be pretty sporadic this season, hopefully it won’t take hold… nonetheless those tips are paramount. Having kids, they bring EVERYTHING home with home with them and they get a good dose of antibacterial gel when they come through the door.

  3. Find Nannies and Babysitters - February 15th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I still believe if everyone would just stay home when you are sick that would help a bunch. I tell all of our employees to stay home if you are sick. No one wants the flu!

  4. Child Daycare Centers - February 20th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Those people who are involved in medical practices or those who are responsible of controlling these epidemics should do more and more to stop these kind of viruses from spreading and from developing new ones. I think the children who used to go to schools are the easiest victims of these kind of diseases and i am hopeful the these kind of viruses will be controlled very soon.

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  6. BJJ Santa Monica - June 9th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for these tips. I feel like we encounter so many germs in a day with the sparring equipment and mats and so it’s important to keep them clean and sanitized. I love using the wipes for all surfaces. I think it’s about time to stock up too!

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