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Pro Teacher’s Method for Cold Prevention in Classroom

Written by  Fred Pfisterer  in The NewsLeader.com

It’s cold and flu season again. Time to get your annual shot.

Do they help? I don’t know. I get mine every year, yet have experienced the minor — sniffles — and the major — walking pneumonia — during the winter months.

girl at doctors

children are cute, but not when they get 6-12 colds per year and share it with their classrooms!

Be prepared — something I learned in Boy Scouts and have abided by ever since.

I stay pretty healthy, or try to, but nothing prepared for my year of teaching sixth grade.

In my first month at Hainesport (N.J.) Elementary School, I came down with every bug known to my 11- and 12-year-old students.

There was always something going around.

“Trust me,” I remember an old education pro told me the day before classes started. “From the opening day until last day of school, you’re going to get sick. It’s a given. These kids will be all over the place picking up all kinds of germs. Put them together in a poorly ventilated classroom, and you’ve got a guaranteed health crisis of Centers for Disease Control proportions.”

From aches and pains to sniffles, measles to projectile vomiting, she was right. Down to the common cold, which kids seemed to get every week or two, I suffered.

It’s like when you fly.

If your fellow passengers aren’t coughing while buckled in their seats and trapped waiting for take off, they will be as soon as you’re in the air.

You’re a captive to other people’s germs: the sneezer next to you, the wheezer behind you and the hacker in front of you.

Like coughing during a concert, a growing wave of sonic physical distress will envelop the air-tight cabin. You may have been healthy when you climbed on board and never been ill a day in your life but guaranteed: You are going to get very, very sick.

If cigarettes are nicotine-delivery systems, then small children and airline passengers from many different environments are infection spreaders when packed together in a confined space for a long period of time.

Has anybody ever made a study of this?

How great is the danger?

TB anyone?

“What do I do?” I asked the old-pro teacher.

“You get used to it in 10 or 12 years,” she said. “You get immune. You’re no longer a walking illness. Keep your shots current. Wash your hands a lot. Watch what you touch and, oh yes, one more thing.”

I anxiously awaited for her cure for the common cold.

“Try not to breathe,” she said.

Write Fred Pfisterer, a retired editor for The News Leader, at fpleader@ntelos.net.

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