Shelby County School gearing up for flu

Flu prevention in Shelby County schools

SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Shelby County schools are already seeing some cases of the flu which has them kicking their precautionary measures into high gear.

School nurses are already doing things to make sure this flu season is not nearly as bad as last year.

Shelby County schools are preparing now for what could come. Hannah Harris is the school nurse for Shelby Elementary and she says preventing the flu this year is a district wide effort.

“So all of our Shelby County schools have in school flu clinics where all of the children can get their flu vaccinations if their parents request to do so,” she explains.

They are also fighting germs all over the schools by keeping all surfaces clean.

“In my health room I wipe it down daily with Lysol wipes twice a day,” she states.

The entire school has adopted a daily disinfecting routine.

“Disinfecting common areas like water fountains, door knobs, balls in the gym, even a communal areas for teachers like the coffee pot or a fridge,” Harris explains.

But there are also things you can do at home to get your child ready flu season.

“Then of course excellent hand hygiene to cough and sneeze into a tissue and then throw that away if they can and then immediately wash their hands,” she encourages.

Nurses also want parents to know that if your kid get sick and is running a fever please do not bring them to school until the are not running a fever at least 24 hours after not being on any medicine.

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