I spend a lot of time every fall and winter reminding everyone to wash their hands often because aside from getting a flu shot – something nearly everyone should get – frequent hand-washing is the best way to reduce your risk of getting a cold or the flu.
Of course, that bit of advice is not nearly as important for most to remember in the summer because flus and colds are not nearly as prevalent in the summer as they are in the winter and early spring.
There is, however, one group that should be very careful about remembering to wash their hands frequently in the summer, as well as the winter, and that’s people who visit petting zoos with their kids.
RICHMOND, B.C., August 30, 2013 – Children and adults heading back to school and to their regular routines this fall should take simple precautions to stay healthy and prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.
“Illnesses and infections such as a cold, the flu, pinkeye, and strep throat are common contagious conditions kids are likely to catch at school by touching multiple shared surfaces,” says London Drugs Pharmacist, Pindy Janda. “Hand washing is important all of the time but particularly when there is a change in routine – such as going back to school. Busy environments like schools and workplaces provide an ideal breeding environment for viruses and bacteria and prevention is the key to staying healthy.”
In addition to hand washing, Janda explains that it is important to practice good “sleep hygiene”. This involves choosing a fixed bedtime and awakening, avoiding daytime naps as well as monitoring caffeine and alcohol consumption. Getting back into a consistent sleep routine is one of the most important things for both children and adults.
Calgary pharmacy operations manager Chris Chiew provides back-to-school health tips on Global TV News Calgary.