Infection Control Tips for Education Institutions

Source: Charles P. Gerba, American School and University, June 1, 2009

The importance of infection control in education institutions.

Good hygiene practices that emphasize handwashing or hand sanitizers, along with proper maintenance, can help reduce the number of infections in schools each year.

It’s inevitable: Every school year, parents, teachers and administrators must deal with overwhelming numbers of sick children. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average child catches at least eight colds in a year, and kids in the United States miss as many as 189 million school days each year because of colds.

Typically, precautionary measures have focused on flu shots and other preventive care. Although these actions are important, administrators also should concentrate on the way their schools are being cleaned. Many staff responsible for cleaning schools and removing germs are not trained properly and are using outdated cleaning methods that don’t eradicate bacteria. By improving the way schools are cleaned, administrators can fight germs on the ground level and effectively keep kids and teachers in the classroom.

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