Staying Healthy in School

The first day of fall has come and gone, and schools have gotten themselves rolling in a big way. With flu season fast approaching, it’s important that students be mindful of their environment so they can not only stay healthy themselves, but prevent the spread of illness to their fellow students.

Oakland County Health has a lot of very useful information for students who wish to keep themselves alert and ready to learn going into the fall and winter. Here are a few top tips:

  • Get a flu shot. It only takes a few minutes and it’s very affordable. It will save a lot of heart ache, and especially stomach aches. Remember, the flu can be lethal in the right circumstances. Be sure to keep yourself vaccinated if you can. Seasonal flu shot clinic locations and hours can be found at Oakland County Health’s website.
  • Wash your hands. A good general rule of thumb is to wash your hands with soap and water any time you can. Being in a public place such as a school means that you come into contact with a variety of bacteria and germs.
  • Carry antibacterial hand sanitizer. If there aren’t any sinks around, you’re covered.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze, either with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching anything unnecessarily. Hands tend to wonder, and it’s one of the biggest ways germs spread. Be conscious of what your hands are doing at all times, and at the very least, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Consider it a public service to your fellow students. Arrange work with your teacher or professor outside of class, and get well. In the end, everyone benefits.

For more tips on hour to stay healthy in school, especially college, check out


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