Mangano And Eisenstein Offer Health And Safety Tips For Back-To-School

As parents and children prepare for back-to-school, County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein offer the following tips to get your child’s school year off to a great start.

  • Promote a Healthy Lifestyle: Eating healthy, being active and getting enough sleep go hand-in-hand with good learning. Pack a healthy snack and lunch; make sure to use an insulated lunch box with an ice pack.
  • Stay Healthy: Make sure your children are up-to-date on their immunizations and physicals, and receive an annual flu shot. The single best way to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases is through vaccination. Getting immunized is critical to protecting health and preventing serious diseases.
  • Practice Good Health Habits: Teach children to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, and to wash their hands often with soap and water.
  • Be Alert: Children are unpredictable which makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street. Obey all traffic laws - it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
  • Spot a Bully: Discuss bullying with your child. Bullying is when one child picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal or social. It can happen at school, on the playground, on the school bus, in the community, and over the internet.
  • Be Safe: Whether it is by car, bus, bike or foot - review your child’s transportation plan. Discuss with your child things that he or she can do to stay safe on the way to and from school

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider to ensure that their child is up-to-date on immunizations and physicals.