Simple steps can help keep kids healthy

Simple steps can help keep kids healthy

January 30, 2015 at 2:57 PM

Simple steps can help keep kids healthy

Recent reports of measles cases in California are a good reminder of the importance of taking steps to stay healthy now and all year long.

Just like we do at school, encourage your child to frequently wash his or her hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food or drinks with others.  Don’t send your child to school if he or she is running a fever of 100 degrees or higher, and has one or more of the following symptoms: a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, vomiting or diarrhea, extreme fatigue, or a rash.  Verify the immunization status of your child as well as family and close contacts. (Two MMR shots show 99% effectiveness against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.)  Watch for more information from the Fresno County Health Department about California’s recent Measles cases in local television and newspaper reports. Measles symptoms include fever (often high); cough; runny nose; red eyes; and rash (usually starting on the face and spreading down the body).

Before sending your child back to school after an illness, make sure he or she is fever-free (without the use of a fever reducer, like Tylenol) for 24 hours. Students who arrive at school with illness symptoms like those mentioned above will be sent home to recover.

Clovis Unified will continue to conduct daily sanitation of bathrooms and high contact areas such as door knobs and counter-tops, but the best protection against colds, flu and the recent measles outbreak are the simple steps listed above.