With the flu season approaching, here are 5 things you can do to help keep your child’s immune system strong.  These suggestions are from our public health nurse, Jocelyn Kingshott.

Practice Good Hand Hygiene

Good hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of colds, the flu, and viruses. Washing your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, handling trash, touching animals, and prior to touching food will help eliminate germs. Don’t forget to have your children (andyourself) hand wash after entering the house from school and any other public outing. The more you practice at home the better they will become.

Keep Vaccinations Up-to-Date

Prior to school starting make sure your children are up-to-date on their routine vaccinations and consider the Flu Vaccine every year. There is a convenient nasal spray for children 2-17yrs.

Keep Germs at Bay

Preventing our children from illnesses once back in school, is important. Illnesses are caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi that are transmitted from one person to another. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person goes through the air and lands on a surface like a desk. Please teach your children to cover their coughs and sneezes with their arm not their hands.

Help Your Immune System

An unhealthy diet and not enough sleep can also affect the immune system and lower their resistance to illnesses. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can prevent health problems. Drinking water helps prevent dehydration and helps flush out the body. Sleep is crucial to maintaining your child’s health. Sleep is the body’s time to repair and rejuvenate itself.

Keep Them Home if They Are Sick – PLEASE

We can take many actions that can help guard children’s bodies against these infections and build up their immune systems to make them strong and resistant to illness. However, if they do get sick remember to keep them home until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the illness further to other children and Teachers.

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