According to the Centers for Disease Control, the annual flu season can be unpredictable, usually coming on during the fall and peaking between December and February. Is it any wonder, with students kept inside more during the cold months, that bacteria tends to spread more quickly? Since we know that flu season is coming, it is in our best interests to ensure that we are prepared to keep ourselves healthy.
Although as a substitute teacher you are not in direct control of your own classroom, there are still some steps that you can take to keep yourself on the healthy side of the spectrum.
Keeping Yourself Healthy During the Dreaded Fall Flu Season: Some Tips for Subs:
Tip One: Get Vaccinated
Almost every authority that you can consult regarding health recommends this step as the Number One way of preventing the flu. As soon as the flu shot is available in your area, you should get the shot (Flu.gov).
Tip Two: Give Your Immune System a Boost
According to the experts at Harvard, there are nine strategies recommended to give your immune system a chance to do its job. They are as follows:
Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Control your blood pressure.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get adequate sleep.
Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.
Tip Three: Keep Emergency Classroom Supplies on Hand
Because you do not manage your own classroom day in and day out, you might be walking into a different situation each time you teach. Some classrooms, therefore, will be cleaner and better stocked with supplies than others. It may be wise to carry your own anti-bacteria kit with you, including sanitizing wipes, anti-bacterial hand cream, and so forth.
Forewarned is forearmed.