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Class Is In Session, Germs Are Too: Top 3 Articles

Patrick Boshell
September 08, 2015


It's the end of summer and back to school preparations are in full swing in most households and schools around the globe. Likewise, educational practitioners are preparing their schools for a large amount of new students to flood the classrooms and hallways. Hundreds of bodies and hands, mean a lot of germs spreading around the school, and a lot of reasons to ensure your school is ready to reduce the spread of infection. 


Here is a list of three articles on the topic of infection prevention in schools and campuses that we recommend in preparation for the back to school hustle:



1. School Absenteeism Due to Illness: Fact of Fiction 


School absenteeism due to illness is not fiction.  In the United States, there are approximately 164 MILLION lost school days each year among students in kindergarten to grade 12 which averages out to 4.5 sick days per student per year.   In fact, some studies have shown that kindergarteners on average have 12 colds a year, while older kids develop about seven.  


2. Illness Prevention in Schools: Why Perfect Attendence Awards Are Not So Perfect 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5-20% of the population catches the flu each year. That means cases of the flu can reach up to 12 million in school districts alone.  Illness prevention might seem like an easy concept; wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth, stay home if you are sick. But many people don’t follow proper protocol, consequently, infecting hundreds of others.  With cold and flu season amongst us, now is a great time to revisit some tried and true illness prevention practices and possibly consider a few new ones.



3. Is It Safe for Children to Use Hand Sanitizers 


Kayon Abrams, who teaches hand hygiene workshops to children asked, "Is it safe for children to use hand sanitizers as there seems to be lots of different viewpoints."  Barry Michaels, a regular blog contributor, microbiologist and expert in infectious disease provided the following response. 

"This is a very good question and has been the subject of lots of toxicology research. Since your question is about children, I will try to present a trail of information that is available from scientific literature to help answer this aspect of hand sanitizer use.   
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