When it comes to disease prevention, a good strategy and proper preparation are the keys to success. All infectious and bloodborne diseases may be prevented, but they can be especially difficult to control in a school environment. Major strategies for prevention include hand washing, immunization and cleaning for health.
As simple as it sounds, hand washing is one of the best means of disease prevention. Ensuring that soap and water are accessible at all times is essential to preventing the spread of disease. When soap and water is not accessible, alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be used. Also, be sure that non-latex disposable gloves are available and used whenever bodily fluids are present. This will help prevent an infection and further the spread of bloodborne diseases. A video from ABC News demonstrates the importance of proper hand washing:
Cleaning for Health
Cleaning for health is a widely accepted cleaning approach that protects public health, without adversely affecting the health of staff, building occupants or the environment. Some traditional cleaning products that have been used in schools (and homes) contain ingredients that have been found to be hazardous to human health and the environment. Learn more on our Cleaning for Health page.
Vaccines help to protect individuals from preventable diseases than can make them ill or even result in death. Vaccines are the most effective means of controlling infectious diseases. They not only protect individuals who get them, they also protect others around them. Learn more in our vaccine and immunization resources listed below. NEA Healthy Futures has created the following resources for you on immunization: