Although the weather has been unseasonably warm lately, we know the cold and flu season is just around the corner. Please consider ramping up your immune system and environmental defenses with the following suggestions:

  • Remember to wash hands at least 3 times during the day, especially before eating. Effective hand washing involves using soap and rubbing vigorously long enough to sing the entire “ABC” song. Thoroughly drying hands is just as important as washing them, so always dry completely.
  • Get a flu vaccine. Most pharmacies offer online appointments and $0 copay. Your child’s pediatrician can also administer the vaccine. See these links for a list of nearby clinics where vaccines are FREE.

  • Drink lots and lots of water (Eight 8-ounce glasses/day is a good target).
  • Get plenty of rest. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep every night.
  • Clean surfaces, door handles, and eating areas in your house regularly using scientifically-proven disinfectants.

Because we have several students who have compromised immune systems, it’s important to notify the school secretary if your child contracts the flu (or any other contagious illness). Remember, students must be fever-free without medication for a full 24 hours before they return to school.