NZ School Nurses

Preventing the spread of Flu in Schools

Are you ready for the Flu Season?

 

Contact with the influenza virus is almost unavoidable, and while contact does not necessarily mean infection, it does mean that you are never far from the possibility of catching influenza. 

Here are a few top tips to reduce the spread of flu in schools:

  • Encourage students, parents, and staff to get a yearly flu vaccine.

  • Inform students, parents, and staff the importance of staying home when sick until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

  • Teach students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their bent arm. If they use a tissue, they should put the used tissue in a bin and wash their hands.

  • Encourage hand washing among students and staff, have scheduled time for hand-washing, and the provision of supplies.

  • Routinely clean surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, counter-tops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, tap handles, and phones.

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