GERM STORIES


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. 


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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:

  • Fever

  • Achiness

  • Chills

  • Tiredness

  • Sudden Onset

  • 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


Stomach Viruses

  • 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