Proper hand washing can prevent spreading of illnesses like the

Proper hand washing can prevent spreading of illnesses like the cold and flu

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Aside from getting a flu shot, health experts have long said good hand washing can prevent the spread of illnesses - from the common, to more serious infections like bronchitis. 

Last year several schools in our area shutdown because of the flu. GermBlast is working to teach children proper hand washing techniques to stop the spread of these illnesses. 

"Whenever we can get them younger to make sure that they start at a younger age, it really does help throughout their lives as they go along," Heath Herrington, Account Manager for GermBlast, said. "We do see an increase in effectiveness of hand washing and increase in the amount of hand washing as they get older." 

GermBlast helps to lower the number of illnesses and infections by disinfecting populated areas, from workplaces to classrooms. It also highlights the importance of scrubbing away germs and bacteria, even in those hard-to-reach places. 

"So the wrist and fingernails naturally are a little bit harder to learn, but with the way that we're teaching them here with this product that will actually show them what bacteria looks like on their hands. They can see some of those areas that they missed and really work on some of those problem areas that are harder to get to," Herrington said. 

Paulett Rozneck is the Health Services Coordinator for Lubbock ISD. If your child does get sick, she said it's important to know when they should stay home. 

"If a child has a fever they're not supposed to come back to school until their fever-free without any help," she said. "That means Tylonol, Motrin, any medicines that the parent's will give." 

If you suspect it is the flu, Rozneck said talk to your doctor. 

"It's a quick test and that way you know better how to handle it and manage it," she said. 

Additional tips can be found on Lubbock ISD's website, including symptoms and differences between the cold and flu.




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