POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 9:10am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — It's that time of year when sniffling, coughing and sneezing prevail; we're talking about flu season. Health officials at BISD are doing their best to prevent faculty, staff and students from catching the viral bug. And they have a way of doing it using a three-step process:
"With our community, we let them know you know about the three actions to prevent the flu, which is vaccinate, stop the germs, and antiviral drugs," said BISD health services administrator Rosey Pones.
But if someone already has the flu, BISD is prepared to handle the situation.
"If a child comes to our nursing office is sick and is coughing, the first thing we do is we give him a mask to prevent, you know, from spreading it around the other children, and we assess him and then we send him to the doctor for a referral," said Pones.
They also hand out packets and flyers to let students be aware, and so far, their methods appear to be working.
"It has helped," said Pones. "We see our numbers decreasing from last year, so evidently we're doing something there and also the weather; it hasn't been like other years."
If you don't have time to get vaccinated or get antiviral drugs, health officials are stressing that you at least remember one thing:
"The best precaution is to wash your hands," said Pones. "That's the main one you know. Use soap and water, wash your hands if you haven't vaccinated.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.