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            Irene Mackes, RN

  Smart Reasons To Eat Breakfast and Get A Good Night’s Sleep

          · Fuels the body and provides energy in the morning

          · Gets your child ready to learn

          · Helps keep a healthy body weight

      · Helps kids feel good

 

Skipping breakfast is the leading cause of stomachaches in the morning. These pains are usually hunger pains.  Headaches are also more common in children who skip breakfast, don’t drink enough water during the day, or get a good night’s sleep. 

Studies have shown children who eat breakfast and get 8 hours of sleep at night do better on tests, are able to concentrate on their school work and stay healthier.

Encourage your child to eat breakfast before school, participate in the breakfast program here at school if they don’t have time to eat or pack a breakfast to go. 

Influenza Vaccination

 Cold and Flu season are quickly approaching.  The CDC recommends all persons age 6 months and older be vaccinated annually for the flu.  While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the four viruses that will be the most common including the H1N1 virus.  Contact your health care provider for more information or to schedule an appointment if your child did not take advantage of the free flu clinic here at school in September.  Many area pharmacies also offer flu vaccinations for healthy individuals ages 8 and older.  

Other actions you can take to help stop the spread of germs:

        · Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away.  Cough or sneeze into your elbow if tissues are unavailable.

        · Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

        · Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs love to spread this way.

        · If you are sick with flu-like illness, you need to stay home until you are 24 hours fever free without medication.

        · While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

    Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also     have vomiting and diarrhea.

 

Please remember to call the school to report your child being absent and alert the school nurse if it is a flu-like illness at 267-9220.