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Children learn about germ prevention, healthy eating and more tips to avoid the flu

Hospital in Valley Stream says the peak of the season for virus is just around the corner


VALLEY STREAM — Medical staff at Long Island Jewish Hospital taught students from Dever Elementary School on Friday how to keep themselves safe and healthy by learning ways to prevent the flu.

"We’re trying to make the children aware that they can pick up germs and not know it, so we want to teach them ways to prevent from getting particularly the flu ‘cause it is flu season," said Director of Infection Prevention Marianne Pavia.

The students looked at fake germs under a light both before and after washing their hands to make sure they got them all off. They also were given lessons on healthy eating and learned the proper way of coughing into their elbow to not spread germs.

Dr. Chid Iloabachie says the peak of flu season is just around the corner. Dr. Iloabachie says parents should be on the lookout for four symptoms when making the decision if they should take their child to the doctor or an emergency room.

Among the symptoms that parents should be on the lookout four as to when to go to the doctor or emergency room are:
1: How fast and heavy child is breathing.
2: Dehydration.
3: Lethargy.
4: Changes in mental status

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that allows pharmacists to administer flu shots to children between the ages of two and 18. The governor is urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated.

The kids also got hands on lessons on other safety measures like knowing about food allergies and medication safety.

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