WHACK the Flu: School Health Education for Influenza Prevention

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School Health Education for Flu Prevention

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program offers school health education programs targeting Napa County children in grades K-3. Our goal? Reduce school absences through a decrease in illness spread by improper hygiene.  

Call (707) 259-5971 for information about bringing WHACK the Flu to your school or after school program.  Read an article about WHACK the Flu at Calistoga Elementary School in the Napa Valley Register!

What does WHACK mean? 

Click here to watch a video explaining WHACK the Flu in Spanish (PÉGALE a la Gripe).

What Does WHACK the Flu mean?

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  • (W)ash your hands often

  • (H)ome is where you stay when you are sick

  • (A)void touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • (C)over coughs and sneezes

  • (K)eep distance from people who are coughing and sneezing

WHACK the Flu Video  

Click here to watch the WHACK the Flu Video!

Click here to watch a video explaining WHACK the Flu in Spanish (PÉGALE a la Gripe).    

  

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WHACK the Flu Germ Fade

  • The DVD follows two students that get sick and miss school.
  • Later they talk about everyday habits to prevent getting sick.

  •  Using special glasses they are transported to the germ world!

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  • In their world, the germs talk about what they like to do best:
    make kids sick!

  • Finally the germs teach kids how to WHACK the Flu.

WHACK the Flu ABCs
  • The DVD has two sing-a-long songs for kids to practice
    handwashing at their seats for about 30 seconds, including
    an original song sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."

Wash, wash, wash your hands

With soap every day!

Rub and scrub and scrub and rub,

Germs go down the drain!

 

Glowing Germs Hand Washing Activity 

Glowing Germs Hand Washing Activity
  • After "WHACKing the Flu" an optional activity teaching kids hands that look clean to the naked eye
    might actually be covered in germs!
  • Using UV light reactive lotion, students shake hands and pass "germs" to each other. 
  • The special lotion rubs into skin so it is invisible in regualr light.  But under the "germ light" hands
    that seemed clean glow bright blue with the "germ lotion!"
  • Next the students should wash their hands for at least 30 seconds with warm, soapy water.
  • After this, they return to the "germ light" to inspect how well they washed off the “germs.”
  • Click here to watch a video of the glowing germ activity in Spanish.
WHACK the Flu Glowing Hands

WHACK the Flu at Your School!

Contact the Emergency Preparedness program at (707) 259-5971 for information about bringing WHACK the Flu to your school or after school program. 

Napa County Public Health will work with your organization to provide volunteers for the health education program OR build organizational capacity by "training-the-trainer" to WHACK the Flu!

WHACK the Flu Materials