We Want to Keep Groveland Healthy!

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  • This information has been adapted from the Center For Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/Diseases

    We want to keep Groveland Healthy! Cover Your Cough…

    Stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick!

    Influenza (flu), the “common cold,” and other respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.

    To help stop the spread of germs,

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
    • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

    Check out the video link about coughing into your elbow!

    Stopping the Spread of Germs at School

    Get Vaccinated

    The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. The 2011-2012 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus). Groveland holds a flu clinic in the fall during Open House. Plan to get your shot then! If you missed the clinic, you can contact your clinic or stop by one of the minute clinics at your local pharmacy.

    Use Good Health Habits

    Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick!
    Stay home from school and other activities when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. 

    Cover your mouth and nose.
    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

    Clean your Hands! Good handwashing is important!

    Clean your hands.
    Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

    Check out the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Soap and Detergent Association. http://www.itsasnap.org/index.asp

    Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.