Back to school is an exciting time—new classes, new teachers, new friends to make—but with the new school year comes new colds and flus, too. Since many school years begin in September, we have some information for you to keep your children healthy for and in school, so they don’t have to spend the day at home watching TV and begging you to make them chicken noodle soup.
Vaccines: According to the New Jersey Department of Health, there are several vaccines that your pre-school or kindergarten-aged child needs to have, such as tetanus and polio. Grade level students need to be vaccinated for diseases like Hepatitis B and Chickenpox. Check with your doctor to make sure that your child is updated on their vaccinations. Exceptions for medical or religious reasons can be made with proper documentation.
Influenza: Flu season usually begins in October, and depending on your health care provider you may be eligible for a free flu vaccine. For instance, if you are covered under Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ (BCBSNJ), you can go to a variety of pharmacies that can administer no-cost flu shots, such as Walgreens or CVS. Because the flu is constantly changing, it is recommended to get one every year.
Hygiene: Teaching your children how to use correct hygiene will keep them as healthy as a horse! Reminding them to wash their hands with soap after they eat, go to the restroom, or touch something dirty is a good way to keep the germs at bay. Another way to prevent the flu or cold from spreading is to educate kids to cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow, and not into their hand, where anything they touch can become a new playground for pesky germs!
Eating Right: Who doesn’t love a bag of chips or a bar of chocolate for a snack? Making your kids eat healthy breakfast and lunch foods is a good way to help them now, and later in life. For school, brain food is better!
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