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Mission Statement : To contribute to the health and well being of the students and staff at Farmington River Elementary, by assessing their health needs, providing care for those needs and providing instruction and education for the prevention of illness and accidents.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month – Talk to you health care provider about the risk factors in your family, take precautions, & support the people you know with Diabetes!
November Health News:
Continue to say “ BOO” to the Flu! – This year, the Centers for Disease Control advise everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot during the months of October and November. Talk to your doctor.
Please keep all sick children home from school especially if they are exhibiting respiratory and stomach symptoms! If you are unsure – stay home and call your health care provider or school nurse for advice.
Allergy & Asthma season is hitting us HARD this year. Monitor all symptoms closely and follow your health care provider’s advice. If your child has asthma, it is extremely important to keep an inhaler at school.
We can protect and strengthen our own immunity by eating nutritious foods, taking daily walks, sleeping 8 –10 hours a night, reducing stress, and smiling daily : )
Some Information about Hand Washing
Most of you are aware of the current flu vaccine shortage. But with a few simple precautions, you can still protect yourself from colds and flu. The single most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands.
Germs are everywhere, in the air you breathe, on the food you eat, and on everything you touch. One of the most common ways of catching cold is by rubbing your nose, eyes or mouth after your hands have been contaminated with the cold virus. You can also spread germs directly to others or onto surfaces that other people touch. Before you know it, everybody around you is sick.
Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. It’s important to wash your hands often, especially before eating or touching food, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose or coughing, after touching any pets, and after being around someone who is sick.
Believe it or not, there is a correct way to wash your hands. Using warm water, lather with soap and scrub hands well. Wash between fingers, wrists, under fingernails and back of hands. Saying the alphabet is a great way to guarantee thorough hand washing. Rinse and dry well with a clean towel. In public restrooms, remember to turn off the water using a paper towel instead of your hands.
Unfortunately, getting school-aged kids to wash their hands is often difficult, especially at school. Enclosing hand wipes in their backpacks and lunch bags might assure cleaner hands throughout the day.
If you have followed all these precautions and still get sick, stay home from school. Keeping your distance will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Don’t let germs get the best of you; have a healthy winter.