With the cold creeping into our lives earlier in the evening and clinging to us until mid-morning, it is becoming more and more apparent that winter is upon us. Which (for most people), makes getting out of bed immensely difficult. In fact, the only thing that is more difficult than getting out of bed in the morning in winter is having to do it when you or your family are suffering from a winter-related illness.

Unless you have been living under a rock (or in this case; under your duvet), you would have heard about the recent measles outbreak. Forcing a mass vaccination campaign by the Department of Health at schools and crèches. And for good reason; measles is incredibly infectious and can be deadly. The issue is that it can be mistaken with the common cold or flu (influenza).

As such, we thought we would give you a heads up on the latest tips to get you through winter hassle-free:

Symptoms of someone suffering (from a winter-related illness or measles):

 

  • Sore throat,
  • Runny nose,
  • Coughing,
  • Sneezing,
  • Fever,
  • Light sensitivity,
  • Head aches,
  • Muscles aches,
  • White spots inside the mouth,
  • Widespread skin rash (measles)

Complications (due to a winter-related illness or measles):

This is when the immune system is at its weakest, and leads to further infections and complications.

 

  • Ear infection,
  • Post-nasal drip,
  • Laryngitis,
  • Bronchitis,
  • Miscarriage/Preterm labor (measles),
  • Blood platelet decrease (measles),
  • Blindness(measles),
  • Severe diarrhea(measles),

Prevention (of a winter-related illness or measles):

Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way of preventing the flu or measles. However, there are many easy ways of preventing infection.

 

  • Wash hands thoroughly regularly,
  • Avoid smoking/smokers,
  • Control stress levels (yes, this effects immune system),
  • Avoid sneezing without covering mouth (don’t use hands to cover rather sneeze into elbow area),
  • Use disposable tissues,
  • Immunization vaccination (measles),
  • In general limit interaction with people (if you are infected or if someone else is infected)

As you know, Rubix provide a shuttle based service for scholars to and from school. Which means lots of interaction between the children. This can only spell trouble if one of them has a winter illness.

That’s why we ask that you take every necessary counter-measure to ensure that your child’s health is not effecting others. And we will do the same on our side.

As Rubix always looks out for our prized possessions (your kids) not only is the safety of your child important, but the health of them too.