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Local schools encourage sickness prevention

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Flu season looms and school districts are encouraging parents to take steps to keep their kids healthy. Flu season looms and school districts are encouraging parents to take steps to keep their kids healthy.
MEAD, Wash. -

There has been a lot of talk of different viruses in the news lately: Enterovirus, Ebola and the flu. And because we are entering flu season, the local school districts are doing all they can to educate parents about how to keep their kids safe. 

First off, the districts say there is no reason to be concerned about the Ebola virus in the Spokane area. Ruth Erb, who is a school nurse at Mead High School, says there is no need to panic. 

"Parents need to know that their child can not have Ebola unless they have had contact with someone that has had symptoms of Ebola. And there is none of that in this current region at this time," Erb said. But the common cold and the flu are easy to catch.

There are things that you and your family can do to stay healthy. The most important thing is to wash your hands many times a day. Lead by example, and teach your kids to do the same. Also, get in the habit of coughing into your arm or elbow. This protects other people in the room from getting your germs. This is especially important in a classroom environment. 

Lastly, make sure your kids stay home if they are sick. For more information about when you should keep your child home sick, take a look at the Mead Illness Guidelines, available here: http://www.mead354.org/ourpages/Health%20Services/HS-105_Illness_Gudelines_10-09.pdf

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