Flus and colds seem to spread like wildfire when the kids go back to school. Some say that this is because they spread germs easily. Some say that it is because of the weather change. For whatever reason, we see a lot of illness this time of year. Here are some tips that may help keep your home healthy this year or make some illnesses shorter.
• Wash hands A LOT – no matter if is after someone goes to the bathroom or wipes a runny nose – wash your hands. Make sure that the child also knows when and how to wash their hands properly. Encourage them to do so whenever they get the chance at school.
• Use antibacterial cleansers – when washing hands is not possible keep these cleansers on hand. Check with the schools to see if they policy regarding this and depending on the policy send the bottles to school. Instruct the student on when to use and how to use them as well.
• Get a flu shot – a lot of places now give them. Some are also free. This is true in this case:
When Saturday, October 5, 8 a.m. to noon
Where Reading Hospital Conference Center
Info • Appointments required. To schedule, call 484-628-HELP (4357)
or go to readinghealth.org/events.
Use the 5th Avenue entrance to our campus. Park in the 5th Avenue Garage. Enter the hospital through the revolving doors for 5th Avenue Lobby and Conference Center.
The vaccine is both latex-free and thimerosal-free. The 2013-14 flu vaccine protects against the following viruses: influenza A (including H3N2 and H1N1 strains) and influenza B.