CHI Health offers tips for keeping kids safe from illness this school year – KLKN

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Experts with CHI Health say that despite concerns about vaccinations, children still need to be prepared as they head into the school year.
The start of the COVID-19 pandemic saw increased concerns around vaccinations.  Some led to parents deciding not to vaccinate their children.
“If you’re worried about doing vaccinations, especially with the ongoing of COVID, and with influenza right around the corner, we do recommend that you have your child wear a mask in the classroom, and just speak to them about good hand hygiene,” CHI Health nurse practitioner Connie Bridges said.
Viruses including COVID-19 and the flu spread rapidly and put unvaccinated children at a heightened risk.
Health care specialists urge parents to keep their children home if they aren’t feeling well to help prevent the spread of viruses.
“If they test and it’s negative, then as long as the kids are fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or ibuprofen, then we recommend they can go back to school,” Bridges said.
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