Teach kids tips to avoid flu outbreak

September 2, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2009

Health officials braced for another wave of H1N1 flu are using the start of a new school year today as an opportunity to educate parents and students.

Red Cross officials encouraged parents to take flu-prevention steps now to keep their children healthy in the event of a swine flu outbreak. Officials recommend the following tips:

  • Teach children proper and consistent hand-washing techniques.
  • Tell children to avoid sharing utensils, cups and bottles.
  • Show children how to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and wash their hands afterwards. Teach them to cough or sneeze into their elbow or upper arm if they lack a tissue.
  • Teach children to keep hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth to keep germs from entering the body.

“September is National Preparedness Month, so we always encourage families to go over their preparedness plans, but this year, it is especially important with the potential of H1N1,” said Amy Ezzo, youth and young adult services program coordinator for the local Red Cross chapter. “Parents should talk with the school about what the plans are for a potential flu outbreak, as well as going over flu prevention methods with their kids.”

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