Back-to-school health checklist

Back-to-school health checklist

Help kids stay well during the school year

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When people are in close contact with each other, like kids in a classroom, it’s easier to catch colds, stomach bugs, and other contagious illnesses. The good news is that a few healthy habits can help kips stay well. Use these tips from Vibin Roy, M.D., a primary care doctor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia:


  • Make sure children are up-to-date on their immunizations and get an annual flu shot, too.

  • Remind them to wash their hands throughout the school day.

  • Teach them to cough and sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.

  • Encourage them to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Set sleep routines. Keep in mind younger children need more sleep.

  • Talk through goals for the year, their schedules, and any worries they may have.