Stay Healthy This School Year

Stay Healthy This School Year
Posted on 02/07/2020

At this time of year it is not uncommon to see an increase of colds and influenza. Viruses can spread easily from person to person, especially when someone coughs or sneezes directly on another person. Germs can also spread from hard surfaces like door knobs, desks, keyboards to people who touch them. These germs can then enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.


How can I prevent infection?

  • Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs from one person to another. Wash your hands with soap and warm running water for at least 15 seconds (or try singing “row row row your boat”). 

Hand sanitizer is another option, but it is important to note that there are restrictions on the use of hand sanitizer at school. Hand sanitizer is only permitted at school when it is:

  • Scent free

  • In a quantity less than 100 ml

  • No more than 60% alcohol content

  • Flu Shot 

Get the flu shot and make sure vaccinations are up-to date. Many pharmacies offer the flu shot free of charge. 

  • Respiratory Etiquette

Use a disposable tissue or cough/sneeze into the inside elbow followed by hand hygiene.

  • Stay Home if You are Sick

  • Don’t Share Personal Items

Never share personal items such as toothbrushes, nail files, water bottles, and chap sticks since they may pass on small amounts of germs or saliva from one person to another.

 For more tips to keep you and your family healthy this school year, contact Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 or visit