Last week Ron Longo of Health Heroes USA came by the CCPS campus to speak with our students about the Flu. Since the season is upon us, Health Heroes USA was able to share common ways the Influenza is spread and how to remain healthy during this time of year.

Health Heroes’ goal is to safely and effectively immunize students, requiring little from the school with limited disruption to the learning environment. Below is an excerpt of what the students learned.

Influenza, commonly called “the flu”, is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). Unlike the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people of all ages. Nationwide each year, 25 to 50 million cases are reported, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu related complications and tens of thousands of people will die.

What makes the flu so dangerous? Beyond the impact the virus has in our system, it can be transmitted airborne up to six feet from a cough or a sneeze. This makes children, especially younger children, great virus incubators. In fact children have the highest rate of infection. If anyone missed the Health Hero clinic we highly encourage you to visit your current health care provider and vaccinate your family.

On a final note, be sure to wash your hands and say your prayers because Jesus & germs are everywhere!

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