This time of year, see’s many coughing, sneezing and sniffling with heavy colds. In recent news, it’s been reported by England’s top doctors that the flu season has started a lot earlier than previous years.
Doctors say that children are the most susceptible to picking up the flu virus and spreading it between other children and staff
So, what steps should schools take to prevent the spread of the flu virus and stay healthy?
Ensure children are vaccinated:
This is a more personal tip but ensuring that children are vaccinated from the flu virus is the first steps to protecting them and prevent the spread of the virus within schools.
Although having the vaccine doesn’t entirely mean that your child won’t pick up the flu virus and become ill with it, it can mean that the virus will have a shorter life – meaning that your child will be off school for a shorter amount of time and the symptoms will be less severe.
Now we all know that children aren’t the best with personal hygiene especially when it comes to washing their hands. Encourage pupils to wash their hands often with warm water and soap. If your classroom has a sanitiser pump on the wall, encourage them to use this before and after using the toilet, before and after eating lunch, coming in from outside or if they have coughed/ sneezed into their hands as this can help kill bacteria.
Cover coughs and sneezes
The most common way for the flu virus to spread between pupils and staff is through either coughing or sneezing. The flu virus can live for 48hours on surfaces and can potentially infect anyone that touches a surface.
If a pupil has a cough or sneezes, encourage them to cover their mouth with a sleeve or tissue and if they have coughed or sneezed into their hands, encourage pupils to wash their hands right away.
Within a school, there are multiple surfaces that the flu virus can live on, so it is important that they are regularly cleaned and disinfected. Having a professional cleaning provider can ensure that surfaces such as tables, keyboards, handrails and tap are regularly cleaned and disinfected.
When we clean schools, we make sure that they are cleaned from top to bottom and hotspot areas such as keyboards, door handles, taps and handrails are regularly cleaned and disinfected with our industry products that are proven to kill viruses such as the flu. Alongside our products, we use our colour coded cloth and equipment system that prevents cross-contamination between surfaces – reducing the risk of the flu virus spreading.