School Nurse - Health Office

School Nurse - Katarzyna Baker, RN
Nurse Office Phone: 263-6111
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Steps to help prevent the spread of germs if you are sick


 

Wash Your Hands

Clean your hands often 

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

-If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
 -Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.



Cover Your Mouth

Cover coughs and sneezes

-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

-Throw used tissues in the trash.

-Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.




Clean and Disinfect

Clean and disinfect


-Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

-If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. 





Fever

Stay home if you’re sick


-Stay home
 if you are sick, except to get medical care.

-If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.



And Remember...

Avoid close contact at this time

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are not an essential worker or getting essential supplies for your household (no playdates or gatherings of any size). 
  • If you MUST leave your house, put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet) if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Resources: 

From the CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fprevention.html

From New York State Dept. of Health: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

      


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flu

Flu symptoms may include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Tiredness

  • Some people have vomiting or diarrhea. This is more common in children.

  • Unlike a cold, flu symptoms start suddenly

How the virus is spread

The flu usually spreads from person to person when someone with the flu coughs or sneezes. Sometimes people get the flu because they touch an object or surface with flu virus on it -- and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

You can't get the flu from getting the flu vaccine

The flu vaccine does not give you the flu. It stimulates your body to produce antibodies. These antibodies protect you from flu viruses. Once you get the flu vaccine, it takes about two weeks for it to be fully effective. You should not wait to get vaccinated.

Getting a flu vaccine has many benefits

  • The flu vaccine can keep you from getting the flu.

  • The flu vaccine can help make your illness less severe if you do get sick with the flu.

  • The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of being hospitalized with the flu for children and adults.

  • The flu vaccine protects pregnant women during and after pregnancy from flu complications. It also protects their newborn children for several months after birth.

  • The flu vaccine reduces the risk of a heart attack in people with heart disease.

  • The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of a child dying from the flu.

  • The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of adults dying from the flu.

  • Getting a flu vaccine can also help protect the people around you from getting the flu, especially people at high risk for serious complications from the flu.

  • For more information see the fact sheet: Why Get a Flu Vaccine

More flu information