All new teachers should check with their primary care physicians to be sure they are all caught up on their shots and boosters. Getting the Hepatitus B vaccine, annual flue shot, and a booster for tetanus can be worthwhile.
Certainly we're all aware that hand-washing is the best defense, as is antibacterial gel. Personally, I stock up on rubbing alcohol. I buy 6 bottles at the big box store for about $2 a bottle. I put a spray nozzle on it and spray tables, doorknobs, lav passes, keyboard, and my own hands throughout the day.
Another good product is any hand cleaning soap that contains
Chlorhexidine Gluconate in it. This is what surgeons use before surgery. It binds with the skin and retains it's antiseptic qualities for 6 hours! Wet hands before using, then wash with the soap. It's broadly available online and not too expensive. You only need a tiny dab to make it work.
I polled teacher on Facebook to learn about their tips, here are the suggestions they shared with me.
Emily says, "Never touch your eyes, like to itch, with your bare hands."
Jeanna recommends vitamin B12, and green tea with local honey daily.
Marylu recommends Airborne or Emergen C dietary supplement of vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system.
Lauren swears by probiotics for gut health to strengthen immunity.
Lynn says to proactively remind students to use tissues, and sneeze into their elbows.
Tavia likes to make sure her room is well ventilated, fresh air is key.
Lesley never uses student supplies to write with and has her own set.
Teri says, "If I felt an infection taking hold, here is my emergency kit:
High dose vitamin D for a few days. Amazon has 50,000 IU capsules you can order. Source Naturals Herbal Resistance liquid Licorice tea with Olive Leaf extract; I could usually skip getting sick with this combo."
Many teachers reiterated the importance of getting enough sleep.
And then there's Iliana who throws caution to the wind and recommends, "Just lick the door handle and hope that it's true that what doesn't kill you will make you stronger!"
Share your healthy tips below in the comments!