Wed August 10, 2011
DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department has suggestions for students, parents and faculty on how to prevent staph infections, including MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), as the new school year begins.
Knowing the proper technique for hand washing (including the importance of washing hands before eating or preparing food) after touching any wounds and after using the toilet, can prevent staph infections.
Here are some general hygiene tips:
In addition to these tips, students participating in sports should remember these recommendations:
Also, if parents need immunizations for their children, those services are available at the Public Health Centers in Lombard, Westmont and Wheaton. A wide range of childhood and adult immunizations are available for a fee. Childhood immunizations may be available through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program for children who do not have insurance or have insurance that does not cover immunizations. Parents should contact the Health Department to check the eligibility of their children for VFC.
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