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Back to School Health Tips to Remember

Keeping Your Family Safe This Fall

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for kids and parents alike. However, it's also a time when the risk of colds and other illnesses goes up. That's because kids are exposed to more germs while around other kids at school. Here are some tips to help keep your family healthy this fall.

Get Vaccinated

Fall is the time for flu shots and other vaccinations, such as the TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine. Vaccinations help protect you and your family from serious illnesses. Additionally, children under the age of five and adults over the age of 65 are at higher risk for complications from the flu, so it's extra important that they get vaccinated.

Wash Your Hands Often

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness is to wash your hands often. Teach your kids to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially before they eat. Hand sanitizer is a good option when soap and water aren't available.

Avoid Touching Your Face

Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth can spread germs, so it's essential to avoid doing it and a good idea to teach your children to do the same.

Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes

If you or your child is sick, make sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, not your hands. Try teaching your little ones the so-called "Batman" or "Dracula" technique. There are even great YouTube videos from familiar Sesame Street characters to make this easier for your youngster to understand.

Stay Home When Sick

If you're sick, stay home from work or school. You'll recover sooner and won't spread your illness to others. Trust us when we say sharing is not caring when it comes to germs. The same goes for your kids. If they're sick, keep them home until they've been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces

Germs can live on surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, and toys, so it's important to clean and disinfect them regularly. Keep an aerosol in your purse or backpack for on-the-go cleaning. Wipes are also great for quick cleanups.

Staying Healthy All Semester Long

By following these tips, you can help keep your family safe and healthy this school year. And remember, healthy habits like these aren't just for back-to-school time. They're essential year-round!

Of course, Pinnacle HealthCare is here to help you and your family stay healthy this fall. We offer a wide range of services to help keep your household feeling your best. Please contact us today.