Schools work to combat the flu

According to the CDC, January is right in the middle of the peak of the flu season, which means schools might see an increase in call-outs from students.

Schools work to combat the flu

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Flu season continues and the Mississippi Department of Health says flu activity in Mississippi is constantly changing.

According to the CDC, January is right in the middle of the peak of the flu season, which means schools might see an increase in call-outs from students.

Learning Tree Preschool director Katie Aultman says simple tasks such as proper sanitation can help keep the flu away.

“Make sure that you clean and sanitize,” Aultman said. “Clean with soap and water or a washing machine making sure that all of your things are clean. For sanitizing, you need to make sure you use a bleach solution or a sanitizer that is appropriate for children.”

The Mississippi Department of Health says one of the most common ways to catch the flu is by touching your face with contaminated hands. They say washing your hands properly is one of the most effective ways to prevent the flu from spreading.

Mother of three Tangy McDonald says cleaning in a must in her household.

“Almost every everyday,” McDonald said. “Honestly for me, cleaning and sanitizing is a must to make sure that the daily germs and the weekly germs don’t affect us.”

Aultman says while she knows contact with germs is unavoidable, she says she wants parents to always make sure they are keeping a close eye on their children when it comes to their health.

She says parents need to pay close attention to what their child comes in contact with as well as their body temperature for fever.

“Make sure there’s nothing they can share with their friends except love and fun,” Aultman said.

The Mississippi Department of Health says the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot if you have not done so already.

Additional preventive measures include:

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throwing away the tissue and washing hands.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water or alternatively, using an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Keeping clean any surfaces or objects that may be contaminated with germs. 
  •  If you’re sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

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