Gather Round Boys and Girls, Mommies and Daddies:
Let's chat about germs.
There are good and bad germs. I want you to learn about the bad germs and how you can keep them away from you so you won't get sick.
This Winter, the germs we are seeing are Streptococcus A, Influenza A and Stomach viruses.
The Strep germ is a bacteria and looks like this:
Strep makes you feel bad: it makes your throat sore, your belly hurt and sometimes gives you a fever.
You get this germ when you eat or drink after someone else or come into contact with their saliva (spit) on their hands
Your doctor can test for this germ by tickling the back of your throat with a special swab that looks like a long Q-Tip
Antibiotics help you feel better (pink bubble gum medicine Amoxicillin or a shot of penicillin) after a couple of days.
INFLUENZA SYMPTOM FACTS:
Current Influenza strain is H1N1 (Swine Flu, Influenza type A)
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET THE INFLUENZA VACCINE
TO KEEP THE STREP AND FLU GERMS AWAY FROM YOU:
Wash your hands
Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes
Don't share drinks or food with your friends
Get your yearly Flu shot after school starts
Sorry there's no shot to prevent Strep
There are many viruses (the latest is Norovirus) that can cause what many people call the "stomach flu".
These "tummy germs" can:
Make you throw up
Make you sick to your stomach
Make your tummy hurt
Take away your energy
Give you a fever
Tests are not needed to tell your doctor you have these germs
The best medicine is rest and drinking lots of fluid (Pedialyte for young children and Gatorade for older children)
Culturelle (probiotic) can give you good germs to put in your tummy and help the diarrhea
To keep from getting the stomach viruses:
Wash your hands after going to the bathroom
Keep your hands away from your mouth