How Local Schools Protect Themselves From The Flu


By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) Influenza activity remains elevated across most of the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and as of January 19th, Idaho was reporting moderate activity. But how do we prevent the flu from affecting our area children?

Lincoln Elementary School officials take several measures to keep their children safe.

Equipped with a disinfectant wipe, these second graders are wiping down their desks, trying to protect themselves from the flu.

Mrs. Kim Cooper, Second Grade Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School says, "we try to clean our desk about once a week. We're not as good at it as we should be."

Mrs. Cooper keeps hand sanitizer at various places throughout the classroom.

"I use hand sanitizer to not get sick," adds Alexy Miller.

Plus, encourages the traditional method of washing hands after bathroom breaks, coughing or sneezing.

Cooper says, "we've also learned how to cough or sneeze into our elbow so we're not touching those parts of our bodies that aren't going to touch other things."

Just like a lesson, flu prevention is also a concept the students have absorbed.

Kayla Whitney says, "I wash my hands, use hand sanitizer and always cough in my elbow."

"I use medicine, soap and hand sanitizer," adds Gavin LaDeaux.

Deven Shilling says he came down with the flu about a year ago.
But avoided the illness so far this season.

"I wash my hands, eat good food and I use hand sanitizer," adds Shilling.

Although not required, it's recommended for the staff here at Lincoln Elementary to receive a flu shot.

Cooper says, "it is a service provided or encouraged."

Taking the necessary steps towards a healthy school.

Since the 2010–2011 school year, Lincoln Elementary students have maintained at least a 94% attendance rate during the first semester.

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