Health Matters: Preventing School Illness

Dr. Ken Hempstead a Kaiser Permanente pediatrician is in the studio with Mae chatting about how to keep your household illness free with the kids back at school collecting germs.

Handwashing: It's important to teach kids to wash their hands before eating and after playing outside and using the restroom. Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent illness. If parents enforce that at home, we'll reinforce it at school.

Cover your cough: Talk to your kids about covering their mouths with a tissue when they cough and sneeze, and send them to school with a bottle of antiviral hand gel and instructions to use it often.

Flu shot: The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for kids ages 6 months and older. You need to get it every year. There is no Flu Mist available this year.

Healthy habits: Make sure children get enough rest, and eat healthy fruits and vegetables

Keep the kids home when sick to keep illness from spreading