The Unavoidable Back-to-School Plague

The Unavoidable Back-to-School Plague

Whether it is elementary students sharing crayons or college kids sharing a beer, health professionals agree that we can expect to see a lot of sick kids in the coming months.

Going back to school has health professionals warning parents and students about the unavoidable cold and flu season.

Lovette Robinson, Director of Nursing at the Community Healthcare Center, said it's only a matter of time until we start seeing a bunch of sick kids coming home from school. Dr. Betty Bowles, Associate Professor of Nursing at MSU agreed, saying that children are the highest at risk when it comes to spreading germs.

"Even if you wash your hands in the bathroom and then touch a dirty door handle, you've contaminated your hands," said Dr. Bowles.

She said sleep deprivation is the second part of the problem. Children that stay up too late are even more likely to spread germs and get sick. She encourages people to not touch any part of your face unless they've disinfected their hands.

Both health professionals say that eating right, exercising and getting the right amount of sleep will help protect you during the back to school plague.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6