NH health experts seek a “more holistic approach” to preventing disease this school year

Health experts say this is the most “normal” back to school that students and their families have had since the start of the pandemic, but they say there are still some challenges. “Our first message to especially people going back to school, parents who are worried about their children, is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, a New Hampshire state epidemiologist. Chan says he sees COVID-19 in a more holistic approach by trying to prevent the virus alongside other diseases. While he says vaccines are vital, more precautions are needed. “There is a role for school buildings, for example, and for other companies, in trying to increase ventilation, change the air in classrooms to try to minimize not only COVID-19, but other viruses as well”, Chan said. School districts report that they are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and acquiring more tests. “If a student has to be sent home because he shows signs of COVID, we will send him home with a couple of tests,” said Laura Anderson, health coordinator at the Concord School District. Anderson also points out the importance of vaccines, not only for COVID-19, but also for the flu. When it comes to monkeypox, Anderson says you need to have very close skin-to-skin contact. Anderson says it’s something students won’t be able to walk the school hallways. “The concern comes when you have multigenerational families living in houses together,” Anderson said. She says the best families can do is encourage healthy habits to make sure children don’t miss out on any of their education. “Keeping them in school, we don’t want students to go home because they have to be in school, it’s very important for their mental health, for their physical health and for their overall health to be in school and in learning,” he said. Anderson. Unlike the COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, when it comes to the monkeypox vaccine, the doses are still limited. However, there are monkeypox vaccination sites in the state. More information can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Health experts say this is the most “normal” back-to-school that students and their families have had since the start of the pandemic, but they say there are still some challenges.

“Our first message to people going back to school, especially parents worried about their children, is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, a New Hampshire state epidemiologist.

Chan says he’s looking at COVID-19 in a more holistic approach by trying to prevent the virus alongside other diseases.

While he says vaccines are vital, more precautions are needed.

“There is a role for school buildings, for example, and other companies to try to increase ventilation, change the air in classrooms to try to minimize not just COVID-19, but other viruses,” Chan said. .

School districts report following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and acquiring more tests.

“If a student has to be sent home because he shows signs of COVID, we will send him home with a couple of tests,” said Laura Anderson, health coordinator at the Concord School District.

Anderson also points out the importance of vaccines, not only for COVID-19, but also for the flu.

When it comes to monkeypox, Anderson says you need to have very close skin-to-skin contact.

Anderson says it’s something students won’t be able to walk around the school hallways.

“The concern comes when you have multigenerational families living in houses together,” Anderson said.

He says the best families can do is encourage healthy habits to ensure children don’t miss out on some of their education.

“Keep them in school, we don’t want students to go home because they need to be in school, it’s very important for their mental health, for their physical health and for their overall health to be in school and learn,” she said. Anderson.

Unlike COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, when it comes to the monkeypox vaccine, doses are still limited.

However, there are monkeypox vaccination sites in the state. More information can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

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