Back to school season means higher risk of illness

We recently came across a guide to preventing illness during back-to-school season from the Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. It’s full of great tips, including:

  • Keep Vaccinations Up-to-Date – Prior to school starting make sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccinations and health physicals. According to today’s Oregonian, teen vaccination rates fall below national goals.
  • Prepare for Medical Care Away from Home – For those college freshman make sure they know where to seek medical care at college and how to get a refill of a medication if needed while away at school.
  • Practice Good Hygiene – Frequent hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of colds, the flu, and viruses.
  • 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.
  • Stay Home if You’re Sick – If children do get sick remember to keep them home until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours.
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