View Full Version : Schools trying to stay ahead of staph infections

2007-Nov-12, 05:09 AM
This is alarming, but aren't they over-reacting?
I am for observing proper hygiene to every individual especially kids , but if its too much , it can also weakens their immune system, right ?
What do you think?

In Tewksbury, teachers are asking children to wash their hands for as long as it takes to sing the alphabet song.

more stories like thisBelmont student athletes have been reminded to shower after practice and games.

And in Harvard, the elementary school has been scrubbed inside and out.

All are precautionary efforts school officials are taking to prevent staph infections, which are a growing concern in Massachusetts schools this year.

Al DeMaria, communicable disease control director for the DPH, said MRSA infections are common, particularly in hospitals and nursing homes, and are typically minor. Serious cases, he said, are "quite rare" among healthy children. The infection is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact.

Link (http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/11/11/schools_trying_to_stay_ahead_of_staph_infections/?page=1)


Ronald Brak
2007-Nov-12, 05:16 AM
There's no evidence I'm aware of that hand washing, showering or using rooms that have been scrubbed clean weakens the immune system.

Whether the precautions are excessive or not depends on how common infections are and what kind they are.