Back-to-School Wellness Tips for the 2022-23 School Year
With summer coming to an end, the importance of getting children ready to go back to school begins. A new school year brings new classes, teachers, friends, and unfortunately– increased coughs, colds and sickness. Germs can linger on classroom desks, tables or door knobs for your child to be exposed to on a daily basis.
September is a great time for parents to talk to their kids about the importance of staying safe and healthy during school and after-school activities. Following a few wellness tips can help prevent children from suffering illnesses and injuries this season.
Prevent your child from getting sick at school:
Maintaining regular hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and keep your child healthy. Assure your child knows that washing their hands is necessary:
- After using the bathroom
- Before and after eating
- After sneezing or blowing their nose
- After touching doorknobs, desks and handrails
It's important to teach your child proper hand washing steps and other good hygiene practices. Washing their hands for at least 20 seconds, or the duration of singing “Happy Birthday,” is the most effective time it takes to prevent spreading germs.
Stay up to date with your child's vaccinations
Vaccines help children build their immunity systems against several diseases and infections.
During the fall and winter months, the flu vaccine is especially important. Influenza is very easily contracted at school, and the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading in your community. Visit AFC Urgent Care Stoneham to schedule your child’s flu shot, or simply walk-in to the clinic to receive quality pediatric care today.
Receive Pediatric Urgent Care & Book School Physicals at AFC Stoneham
Our team of medical professionals specialize in pediatric urgent care. When it comes to keeping your family safe and healthy throughout the upcoming school year, you can rely on AFC Stoneham to provide quality and compassionate healthcare. In addition to flu vaccines, the clinic offers back-to-school physicals that your child may require before classes start. The clinic stays open seven days a week, allowing you to plan treatment around your schedule. Visit our center today on a walk-in basis or call us for more information at (781) 279-4000.