Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Cold and Flu Prevention Strategies

08 January 2014 Written by  

2014 is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in years.

From the Oregon School Safety Officers Association:

The Oregon Public Health Division has produced a Flu Fact Sheet that schools can share with their staff to provide strategies for dealing with the threat of the flu, colds and other viruses. Also, OSSOA has posted links that schools can access to help them find other helpful resources to help manage this risk. Click Here to access these resources.

Appropriate hand hygiene includes diligently cleaning and trimming fingernails, which may harbor dirt and germs and can contribute to the spread of some infections, such as pinworms. Fingernails should be kept short, and the undersides should be cleaned frequently with soap and water. Because of their length, longer fingernails can harbor more dirt and bacteria than short nails, thus potentially contributing to the spread of infection.

Before clipping or grooming nails, all equipment (for example, nail clippers and files) should be properly cleaned. Infections of the fingernails or toenails are often characterized by swelling of the surrounding skin, pain in the surrounding area, or thickening of the nail. In some cases, these infections may be serious and need to be treated by a physician.

To help prevent the spread of germs and nail infections:

  • Keep nails short and trim them often.
  • Scrub the underside of nails with soap and water (or a nail brush) every time you wash your hands.
  • Clean any nail grooming tools before use.
  • Avoid biting or chewing nails.
  • Avoid cutting cuticles, as they act as barriers to prevent infection.
  • Never rip or bite a hangnail. Instead, clip it with a clean, sanitized nail trimmer

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