Staying Healthy This School Year

Happy Labor Day Weekend Greece!

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We hope that despite some stormy conditions, that you get a chance to get out & enjoy this last holiday weekend before fall hits!  It has been a great summer!!  As cooler weather approaches, and kids are heading back to school, it is time to make sure everyone in your household is healthy!

Especially for younger school children, a classroom can be germ-central & it is easy for little bodies to get sick!  And you know how it goes… when one person goes down for the count at home, it is usually only a matter of time before the rest fall too!  We’ve got some great tips for staying healthy this school year!

Vampire Cough

Remind kids to cough & sneeze into the crook of their elbow… This is also known as a vampire cough!  Alternatively, they can cough or sneeze into a clean tissue, and then wash their hands.  But, let’s face it, we aren’t always that fast and soap & water isn’t always available!  So, make sure your kids know how to cough like a vampire!

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Sharing is NOT always caring!

We’ve heard our whole lives that we should share!  Barney has taught us: sharing is caring!  But unless we want our kids sharing germs, we need to teach them that there are a few things NOT to share!  Water or drink bottles, lip balm, foods that someone else has taken a bite of…  those are things better not shared!

Sick Days

We know that attendance at school is important- we don’t want kiddos missing too many days!  But there might be days that your child just shouldn’t come to school; they need rest to get better, and we don’t want to infect other children!  So, when should your kid stay home?  A fever or vomiting are the old stand-by symptoms to keep a child home, but WebMD has some other guidelines as well.

Flu Shot Season!

Flu ShotAnd don’t forget the flu shot!  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out who in your family should get flu prevention; almost everyone 6 months and older are eligible!  The U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends people get their shot as soon as it is available- usually by October!  They report that each year 5%-20% of the population will get the flu; your shot can help prevent you or your child from getting the flu, or experiencing more severe symptoms!

There are a couple local spots to get your flu shot:

 

Walgreens Pharmacy
2558 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14626-3026

Target Pharmacy
600 Greece Ridge Center Drive, Rochester, NY 14626

For more great info, the Mayo Clinic has some great tips for families wanting to keep their kiddos healthy!

Greece has some of the greatest schools in New York State!  You don’t want your children missing any educational opportunities this school year!  Want to learn more about our great community?  SharonQ is here for you!

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