The news is full of dire predictions about the current flu season. But with a little prevention education, you can help fend off its impact in your school.
In Maricopa County, Arizona, Dr. Bob England and his public health team are using video and other cool tools to help educators teach students about the flu and reinforce flu fighting tips. One example is this county-produced video about the proper way to sneeze. This Sneezing 101 video is must-see TV for your students.
"There are things we can all do to help fewer of us get sick," England told kids in his a K-8 flu message video. Among England's tips that you should share -- and frequently reinforce with the students in your school -- are:
Maricopa County has produced some more valuable resources:
The Flu and Your Family (in English - in Spanish)
Tuck this little flyer into the next packet you send home.
The Flu: A Guide (in English - in Spanish)
Use this handout if you want to provide your staff or your students' families with more information about the symptoms and care of the flu.
Flu Public Service Announcement (in English - in Spanish)
Share this video school-wide during your morning announcements or school news program.
Print out these stickers on a sheet of Avery labels and recognize students when you see them "stopping the spread" by washing their hands.
Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Schools (Grades K-12)
Basic information and communciation resources for school administrators. This includes Action Steps for Schools to Prevent the Spread of Flu.