February 4, 2020 - Tips for Staying Healthy

Message from the Superintendent of Schools

February 4, 2020

Dear parents, students and employees, 

Some viruses can cause serious illnesses, even death.  Your health and well-being are important to the New Brunswick Board of Education. Therefore, we are sharing this important message and tips for staying healthy during this season.

Flu activity is high in our surrounding community. Please take the following steps to protect yourself and your family from viral illnesses, including the coronavirus, by:

  • washing your hands regularly with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and remembering to wash your hands afterward.
  • avoiding close contact with sick people.  If you are sick, stay home from school or work for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • getting regular exercise, enough sleep and eating healthy meals.

In addition, it is NOT too late to receive a flu vaccine if you or your child(ren) haven’t already done so.  Middlesex County Health Department (596 Jersey Ave., New Brunswick) is still administering flu vaccines. Flu vaccines are available on February 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th between the hours of 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.  We encourage employees who didn’t participate in our flu vaccination program to visit a health-care provider to receive the flu vaccine. For additional information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm. Currently, there are no vaccines to prevent coronavirus infections. 

Health Services is monitoring all updates from local, state and federal health agencies regarding viral outbreaks, including the coronavirus.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that the immediate risk to the American public from the coronavirus is low at this time.  For the latest information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

If you plan to travel abroad, be sure all immunizations, including the flu vaccine, are up to date. Please review the CDC travel advisory prior to traveling.  https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0128-travelers-avoid-china.html

Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions.


Sincerely,

Marilyn B. Crawford, MPA, BS, RN
Head Nurse