H1N1 Summer Precautions

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After another case of H1-N1 was confirmed in East Texas, state health services is now urging students and their parents to follow flu precautions despite the end of the school year. Children will be leaving their sanitized classrooms and heading to fun places, like the bowling alley.  They'll be going to parks, movie theatres, and libraries. All places where germs get passed off, where you end up on the floor, and you want to lick that last bit of nacho cheese off your fingers.  There's one more thing you had better pack when heading out with the kids and that's plenty of hand sanitizer. More importantly, get them to use it.

Teachers did their best following Rusk school children around a bowling alley with hand sanitizer. They tried, but didn't always catch them before they let go of the bowling ball and picked up a chip covered in melted cheese.  After Friday the kiddos will be on their own. Will they remember all the rules? "Maybe," is all Bailey Hinds, the student answered without a whole lot of confidence in her voice.

Or maybe not. That's when parents come in. Michael Stanaland spends quality time with his daughters reading with them at the public library.  He wants to protect them from getting or spreading H1N1 flu. "Always trying to be aware of what's taken place around you, before you and after you," is Stanaland's advice to other parents. The library is doing its part by providing hand sanitizer and tissues. They know young and old alike will be cooling off in their air conditioning this summer. "And you see we have many computers so all the keyboards will be sanitized," pointed out Anne Barker, library director.

"It's out there so be careful like you would with any cold germs or anything else," advised Robin Moore, director of East Texas Community Health Center. So instead of licking the nacho cheese off your hands, try finding a more sanitized way of keeping those hands clean.

Advice from Texas Department of State Health Services

Stay home if you have influenza-like symptoms or other symptoms of respiratory illness; cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue and properly dispose of the tissue. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to reduce the risk that germs on your fingers enter your body.