Curb the Germs

Back to School Tips from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
While Germs are Invisible, Their Impact Can Be Damaging

Exposure to germs can be a big problem as children go back to school. Germs can:

  • Cause infections.
  • Live on all surfaces.
  • Be spread by any child, adolescent, teen or adult.

Addressing the spread of germs in schools and at home is essential to the health of your child. Nearly 22 million school days are lost in the U.S. each year due to the common cold alone.

You can help your child avoid and prevent the spread of germs by following our tips.

  • How can we reduce the spread of germs?

      Tell your children to clean their hands for as long as it takes them to sing their ABCs, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or the "Happy Birthday" song. They should use hand sanitizer for the best results. Soap with warm water is a good second option if hand sanitizer is not available, their hands are visibly dirty or after using the restroom.

      Encourage your children not to share drinks and personal hygiene products (like hairbrushes) with friends. Sharing these items can pass many simple illnesses and some major ones, like meningitis.

  • What do I tell my child if he is sick?

      If you think your child is sick, it is best to keep him home from school. The older your child is, and the more he understands about how to minimize passing germs to others, it may be OK to send him to school if he isn't feeling well, unless he has a fever.

      If your child sneezes, encourage him to do so into a tissue. If there are no tissues available, he should turn and sneeze into the bend of his arm. Sneezing into his hands can increase the chances of spreading germs.


    2014-2015 School Year Brings New Immunization Requirements

    Georgia’s rising seventh graders and new entrants into Georgia public schools grades 8-12 must provide documentation that they received two vaccinations: Tdap and meningococcal meningitis. 

    See answers frequently asked questions from parents about these requirements.

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