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Cold and flu season is upon us!  Here are some tips for staying healthy:


  • Washing your hands is the single most important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.  Follow these simple steps and encourage your child to do the same. Wet hands with running water, add soap and apply friction while scrubbing the hands, wash for  20 seconds, rinse the hands well and dry thoroughly with a clean paper towel.  This needs to become part of your normal daily routine throughout the day. 


  • Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and place used tissues in the trash.


  • Get plenty of rest and eat a well balanced diet.


  • Remember, influenza or the “Flu” is a respiratory illness identified by cough, congestion, high fever and body aches.  It can only be diagnosed by a physician.


  • Stay home from work or school until fever free 24hrs without medication. 


Facts about Infection and Children

• Yellow or green mucous does not mean that a child has a bacterial infection; it is a normal response to a cold.

• Children who frequently take antibiotics are more likely to have resistant bacteria in their nose and throat.

• Ear infections do not always need an antibiotic. Doctors now recommend “watchful waiting” for fluid in the middle ear. .


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Did You Know…..?

• Nearly 22 million school days are lost each year to the common cold.

• Bacteria can double in numbers every 20 minutes. This means a single bacterium on a counter can multiply to more than 34 billion in just 12 hours.

• Rhinovirus, the most common cause of colds, can live on surfaces such as, tables, doorknobs and computer keyboards for 2-3 hours.

• Number of germs per square inch: Phone- 25,127
Toilet seat – 49 (this is because we clean toilet seats much more frequently than a phone).

Sources: The Clorox Company and CDC.

It is a great idea to regularly wipe surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner!


 If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health needs,, you can contact your school nurse at 540-586-3933 or 540-586-1270. 

REMINDER FOR PARENTS:  A Bedford County permission form must be completed with appropriate signatures in order for students to receive medications at school. Medication sent to school in a sandwich bag with a note from parent will not be accepted by the nurse. 

Also, students should not call or text parent to go home.  Student should ask teacher for permission to go to the clinic to see the nurse when not feeling well.      






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