Fight flu with basic prevention
From Catlin Avenue to Sesame Street, everyone is gearing up for flu season. In addition to the seasonal flu bug, health care workers are on the lookout for H1N1 swine flu that spread worldwide this spring.
Prevention is the key, according to Nancy Smith, health service director for the Superior School District. She offered basic prevention tips.
Wash your hands and remind your child to wash theirs often. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands. Use your sleeve if you do not have a tissue. Stay home if you feel you are ill.
The Department of Homeland Security has teamed up with Elmo from Sesame Street to send out the message through public service announcements. See them online at www.flu.gov. The Centers for Disease Control offers these additional tips like avoiding close contact with people who are sick, keeping your distance if you are sick and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
District custodial staff do an excellent job of keeping Superior schools clean, Smith said. More alcohol-free hand sanitizer dispensers have been added at all schools, as well.
When the H1N1 flu began spreading in the spring, district personnel worked hard to get information out to families and staff about the disease and how to prevent it..."