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“Send Germs A Packin!”

November 21, 2012

FACS 8 Class passes on tips to prevent colds and flu
There is no doubt that ‘Cold and Flu’ season is here. Doctors have been urging many individuals to get their flu shots. With the Thanksgiving Holiday this week and Christmas only weeks away, many of us will be traveling to visit relatives. There is no doubt but we will all be exposed to more germs!!

The Fulda Jr. High FCCLA members and students in the FACS 8 class have a few tips to pass along to everyone. Did you know that there are more ways to help prevent colds and the flu? The students researched hand washing and found the best information from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cleaning Institute along with numerous sites on how to teach hand washing. Check them out if you have time!

Having clean hands prevents us from spreading germs, missing school, visiting the doctor’s office, having parents miss work and feeling lousy! Remember to wash hands anytime you are working with or eating food, after using the toilet, after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose, after caring for your pet, after helping a sick person, after touching garbage and the list goes on. If you are traveling and staying at a hotel/motel, remember that germs may lurk there also. Research as found that the TV remote and the light switches usually have more germs on them than other places in the room.

A recent episode of Dr. Oz focused on kitchen cleanliness. They investigated the ‘5-second rule’ when dropping food on the floor, the places were most germs lived and gave many suggestions on how to prevent from spreading these germs. So yes, even nationally known talk show hosts want people to not spread germs and get sick.

The FCCLA members are working with the elementary PE/Health teachers to stress correct hand washing techniques and have students realize how germs are spread. The 5 step method of wetting your hands with either hot or cold water, then applying soap and lathering for 20 seconds, rinse hands and dry on paper towels or let your hands air dry was practiced. If one does not have water available the hand sanitizers containing 60% alcohol are suggested. The students also demonstrated how easily germs are spread from sneezes and coughs. They used spray bottles with water in them and also baby powder as a visual demonstration. Coughing or sneezing into one’s shoulder or elbow was practiced. A lot fewer germs escaped!!!

Can you help “Send Germs A Packin”? Please remember the simple tips given in this article and you may avoid all of the colds and flu germs. Everyone will enjoy the holidays more if they are not sick!

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