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Is there anything i can do as a first year teacher to prevent

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Is there anything i can do as a first year teacher to prevent from catching everything my scholars have thus winter? I have heard it is possible to be sick all the time as a first year teacher. I survived not catching anything from then so far, but i know there us still time for that. What measures can i take to avoid every sickness they can dish out?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  911Doctor replied 1 year ago.

911Doctor :

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911Doctor :

Great question

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First of all, have you had your flu shot this year?

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are you there?

Customer:

n i havent....havent had one in years

911Doctor :

that would be my first recommendation

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as a health care provider we get them every year

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and that's very helpful for us

Customer:

ok with my next paycheck

911Doctor :

but, aside from the flu shot there are things you can do to minimize your chances of getting sick

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most colds (viruses) are trasmitted by airborne (droplet) routes.....

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so making sure your students know to sneeze or cough into a tissue or into their arm is the first thing

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this will help you and help the other students too

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to see why this is so important.....

Customer:

ok

911Doctor :

stand by... one minute....

Customer:

i can do that

Customer:

was hospitalized during student teaching but it had nothing to do with them....dont want to miss anymoretime.....with a new group of scholars now

911Doctor :

as you can see, when you sneeze you put, into the air, millions of droplets and milliions of, if you are sick, virus particles

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I understand

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you are a very dedicated teacher

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to ask this question

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which is great

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my dad taught for 40 years

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to continue

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the last think you can do, and perhaps the most important is to keep hand sanitizer at the ready

Customer:

well actually i am just an aide now second graders...but will be looking for my own room soon

911Doctor :

wash your hands with soap and water after touching your students or their clothing

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and if you can't use the soap and water

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use the sanitizer

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regarding your last.... teacher's aide's are invaluable

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good for you

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so

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in summary

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flu shot

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teach your class about how to cough and sneeze to minimize spread of infection

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and practice VERY good hand washing and, absent soap and water and sink, use the hand sanitizer

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many illnesses are spread hand to mouth

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so this will give you added protection

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I am standing by....

Customer:

ok i can do all that

911Doctor :

good

911Doctor :

that will cut your chances of getting sick down quite a bit

911Doctor :

it can never be zero unfortunately

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but this is the best you can do

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along with getting good rest

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staying fit

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and some doctors would say,

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take some vitamin C supplements

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though the science behind this is weak at best

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standing by

Customer:

exactly......no more hospitals for me either the hardest part was being away from my scholars

Customer:

for four days

911Doctor :

did you have to be admitted to the hospital?

Customer:

yeah iv antibiotics for severe infection in the face....

Customer:

went home with an oral one....two days after finishing that endedup with a delayed raction to it

911Doctor :

very strange

911Doctor :

glad you are better

911Doctor :

doubt you got that from your kids

911Doctor :

was is something called 'periorbital cellulitis'?

Customer:

i know it wasnt

Customer:

cellulitus,gingivitus, sinusituswas my diagnosis

911Doctor :

do you know what the diagnosis was??

Customer:

yes i posted it

911Doctor :

got it

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so you could well have been set up for the infection by being in the classroom

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sinusitis

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usually follows either sinus allergies or a cold

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bacteria come in as the immune system is knoecked down

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'knocked'

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and go crazy

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sorry you got so sick

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but following the above details

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and precautions

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can help you from getting sick again

Customer:

i didnt ferl any symptomd there no pressure no stuffinesd nosneezing....i hsve bad allergied so no stranget to sinusitus

911Doctor :

yes

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not strange

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do you have a good doctor?

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have you been seen by an allergist or an ENT doctor?

Customer:

not at this time.....but am looking for one....i just visit thd clinic whEn needed right now....get who is avsilable

911Doctor :

got it

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so going forward

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good idea to get an allergist or ent doctor to look at you and try to mimimize your allergic symptoms and prevent further sinus infections

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do you have more questions for me about this subject?

Customer:

i can go back to my ent ihad in the padt but haventhad any major pproblems with mysinuses in a long timee

911Doctor :

that's good

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but getting hospitalized for a sinus infection is very rare

Customer:

i have nothing further

911Doctor :

so it may be a good thing to get done this year

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good

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then I hope this has been helpful to you

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if it has

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please leave positive feedback

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and stay well

Customer:

it wzd more tban sinus....it was alsocellulitus

911Doctor :

and thanks for doing what you do

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yes

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that's why I asked about 'periorbital cellulitis'

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because we DO admit people for this and it's usually from a sinus infection

Customer:

your welcome and thanks fir what you do

911Doctor :

and it gets in around the eye

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than you so much

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if you need help in the future and chose to use this service you may get me most days by starting your question with 'for 911doc'

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be well

Customer:

i slso had some infection in my gums bad teeth

911Doctor :

I will sign out after your last

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hope you can get that sorted out with a good dentist

Customer:

ok willkeep that i. mind..

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have a great day

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thanks for your question

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I will sign off now

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best

Customer:

thsnks agai.

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