Just like back to school time in September, the return from such a long break such as Christmas holidays, typically means that there will be a run of cold and flu. It’s like the back-to-school plague, a well-known hot spot for germs which we all dread.
One of the biggest spreading of sickness culprits is kids being around a lot of new people who they haven’t been around before, and in close contained quarters. They touch the same door handles, drinking fountains, crayons, and touch each other – sharing germs all day long. Sometimes it seems like the return to school is always followed by a leave from school due to illness.
A 2016 Shoppers Drug Mart poll found that 46% are not generally concerned about spreading the flu to other people. No wonder we all experience so much back-to-school sickness! This poll also found that 30% of adults who have children, have sent their kids to school or daycare when they were sick or contagious, and 86% of parents said they are annoyed when others send their sick kids to school or daycare.
I think it’s time to share some Sick Kids Etiquette Tips!
Know the cutoff point for fevers – children should stay home if their temperature passes 100 degrees. They should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school/play dates.
Be honest with other parents – When kids have scheduled birthday parties and other outings, you’re responsible for disclosure so the other parents if your child has been or is sick, they should have a choice in whether their kids are exposed to known illness.
Teach your kids the basics – using tissues for runny noses, coughing into sleeves and washing hands are all things kids can do fairly easily to halt the spread of germs. It’s a good idea to brush up on ways to boost your immune system too!
Get vaccinated – no matter where you stand on proper etiquette, flu shots should be part of the plan. You’ll get peace of mind your children likely won’t be spreading the flu and they won’t be tracking it home either. Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies across the country are making it easy by offering flu immunizations administered by an injection-certified pharmacist without an appointment, just walk-in with no appointment necessary.
Don’t forget, when your child gets sick with the flu, keeping them home from school can help them recover faster. It also helps prevent the virus from spreading to other children in the school, which is critical to keeping everyone as healthy as possible.
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Disclosure: I am compensated for my part in the #SDMFluFighters program, all opinions are my own.