Health Alert: Flu

Health Alert: Flu
Posted on 01/15/2018

Health Alert: Flu


In an effort to provide a healthier learning environment for our students and staff members, the Celina ISD Maintenance and Operations Department recently added a tool to their cleaning arsenal.  The Clorox Total 360 System is an electrostatic sprayer that can disinfect the side, underside and backside of any surface.  This system will allow our custodians to go room to room without being invasive to the learning environment. The system fogs the targeted area, dries within seconds, is odor free, and does not create allergy issues with its application.

As a preventative measure, all Celina ISD District facilities were disinfected using this new system over the recent winter break.  If a particular classroom and/or campus reports higher than usual absences due to students coming down with flu-like symptoms, our custodial staff has the ability to target those areas, killing germs, and reducing the chances of a severe outbreak from occurring.

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listed the following symptoms associated with the flu and can include:

  • Fever/chills (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscles/body aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. (More common in children than adults.)

 

While the CDC states that the single best way to prevent illness is to wash your hands, here are precautions you should take to minimize your exposure to the flu and illness;

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are diagnosed with the flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent the infection from spreading. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and/or mouth to limit germs being spread through these portals.
  • Clean any electronic equipment you are using with Lysol wipes to remove germs. (Do not use clorox wipes on your laptops.)
  • It Is not too late to get the flu shot, but it takes about 2 weeks to make enough antibodies to fight the flu.

For more information, please click on the links provided.

www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm

www.cloroxprofessional.com