Back-To-School Plagues: How Can I Keep My Child From Getting Sick This School Year?

Posted on August 23, 2018 by

clinicsIt’s back-to-school season, which means it’s time to get your kids in gear for some serious learning. But before you send your kids off to school just yet, it’s important to remember that schools are a breeding ground for germs.

The last thing you want once school is back in session is to have your child home with a cold, flu, or bug routinely throughout the year. What can you do to help prevent your child (and you) from getting sick this school year?

Make sure your child is up-to-date on vaccines

Before the school year begins, it’s important to make sure your child is up-to-date with their health physicals and vaccinations. During your child’s physical, your health care provider will be able to look at your child’s development and give them any vaccines they need to stay healthy.

Be sure to make a copy of your child’s health records to send to the school so they know your child is up-to-date with their vaccinations. It may also be a good idea to have your child get a flu shot to help them stay immune to at least two strands of the flu during the school year.

Teach your child about the germy areas at school

It’s great if your child practices good hygiene, but it’s also important that they know about the germiest places at school. Many parents and kids believe the bathroom is the least sanitary place. Yet, the real places where germs are hiding are often door handles and drinking fountains.

Although your child’s school is disinfected at night by cleaning professionals, door handles and drinking fountains are touched by hundreds of hands throughout the day. This causes germs to pass along like wildfire.

That said, teach your child to wash their hands every now and then throughout the day rather than only after they’ve gone to the bathroom.

Where can I find low income family clinics near me?

Only two in five Americans under the age of 65 have employer-based healthcare coverage. This can make seeking treatment for yourself and your child difficult once the school year begins.

Fortunately, Unified Healthcare of Idaho offers family medicine and patient-centered health care that’s affordable for you. To learn more about our family clinics, contact Unified Healthcare of Idaho today.