-Hand washing with soap and water. This is the number one way to help prevent the spread of infection. This will help prevent the germs from being on your hands and being passed to objects and people you touch.
-Cough and sneeze into your elbow. This will help prevent the germs from being on your hands and passed on to the people and objects you touch.
-If you are sick, stay home! My girls schools have guidelines of when to keep them home from school. These guidelines are not only for your own safety but also for the safety and health of those around you. These school guidelines are ones that we should all use in our lives...including when we need to go to work or have plans with family/friends...not just when deciding if our children should go to school. And not just for protecting the immunocompromised. These guidelines protect us all!
“Guidelines for if you should keep your child home from school:
*Unusual fatigue, paleness, lack of appetite, confusion and/or irritability
*Children should be fever free (<100°F) for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.
*Children should be free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school
*Acute cold or sinus issues
*Inability to sleep most of the night because they don't feel well or wake not feeling well
*Sore throat, especially if combined with a fever or swollen neck glands. If your child has been diagnosed with strep, he/she needs to be on antibiotic for 24 hours prior to returning to school
*Drainage from the eyes
*Rashes unrelated to heat or other known non-contagious cause. If you child has a rash, a note from the physician stating that the rash is not contagious is warranted”